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Michelle Dixon Jones '85BS/H&S 

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

It is a pleasure as well as a privilege to introduce myself 
as your new Executive Director of Alumni Relations. It's 
February as I write from the Richard T. Robertson Alumni 
House at 924 West Franklin Street. The pace of life on 
campus has quickened in recent weeks with the return of 
our students for the spring semester, along with myriad 
scholarly, cultural, athletic and community events. It's an 
exciting time to be here! 

As we note in our news section, Virginia Commonwealth University has 
become one of the top research universities in the world under President Eugene 
Trani's leadership. From the Monroe Park and Medical College of Virginia 
Campuses in downtown Richmond to our School of Design Arts in Qatar, VCU 
continues to burnish its international credentials. 

Everyone who visits one of our campuses is impressed by our diversity. Students 
of many heritages and cultures home in on programs ranging from engineering, 
life sciences and business to art and theatre. VCU also educates teachers who 
educate our children, and health care professionals who serve in our communities 
here and around the world. What a broad spectrum of quality! 

Our alumni and friends can certainly take great pride in the mission and 
accomplishments of Virginia Commonwealth University. Whether your VCU 
relationship began at the Richmond Professional Institute, at the MCV Campus 
or at our newly-renamed Monroe Park Campus (formerly the Academic Campus), 
I hope you'll join me in celebrating our diverse heritage, and in sharing the 
excitement of VCU's vibrant future. 

By now I'm equally aware of the quality of VCU alumni, from our Alumni 
Association presidents BiU Ginther '69BS'74MS/B and Becky Perdue '62BS/AH 
to our board members to alumni I've met at Homecoming, or at our Richmond 
reception in October. You have a diversity of talents, backgrounds and interests, 
and we have a growing number of specialized alumni organizations serving you 
and the University, including the African American Alumni Council, school and 
department alumni associations, and emerging groups such as the Young Alumni 
Council. All of us are partners in the dynamic life of Virginia Commonwealth 
University, and we are all engaged in advancing VCU through numerous 
programs and events. 

Our alumni share interests in career networking, athletics, cultural experiences, 
academic enrichment, developing and renewing friendships with former class- 
mates, community service, family/fun events and countiess other areas. Whether 
your own interests include establishing a new chapter; mentoring or conducting 
externships for current undergraduates; volunteering for one of the alumni boards; 
recruiting new students; or getting involved in other ways, there has never been a 
better time to join or renew your membership in one of our alumni associations. 
Check us out and renew online at 

As our alumni programs continue to grow and develop in the exciting weeks 
and months ahead, 1 hope to meet and talk with many of you in person. In the 
meantime, please do call or email me to volunteer your thoughts, ideas or time, 
as we work together to enhance the VCU experience for all of our alumni, friends 
and students in Virginia, the United States and throughout the world. My direct 
telephone is 804-828-8192, or you can send email to 

I'm proud to be part of this great University. Please join us, and reconnect 
with VCU! 

Gilbert "Chip" Rossi 

Executive Director of Alumni Relations 

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Simfer Court Connections is 

a magazine for alumni and 

friends of tlie Monroe Park Campus of 

Virginia Coinmonwealth Uni\'ersity 

in Richmond. VCU is a Carnegie 

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enroUment of 28,400 students on the 

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Cover: New Shafer Court Dining Center is a huge success. Students who had been in on 
the planning had only one request: "Freshman should have to eat in Hibbs Dining Hall 
for one year so they'll appreciate all this!" Plioto by Jennifer Watson, VCU Creative Senices. 

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The summer issue was a great read! How 
many universities have such an out- 
standing Sculpture Department, such a 
comprehensive Forensic Science Program 
cvul such an entertaining history of crew 
teams? This Shafer Court reminds me 
of why my VCU experience was such 
a good one; Faculty members who are 
involved vfith and proud of their students 
and students from diverse backgrounds 
who know what they want out of their 
education. Thanks, too, for the warm 
goodbye for BUI lies, who has done so 
much for our alma mater I'll think of 
him whenever 1 walk past our beautiful 
alumni house. 

Laura Cameron '83BS/MC 

What do YOU like about RPI/VCU? 

Ideas, values, people, pictures, places, sounds — a lot of elements 
from the sublime to the delightfully ridiculous make up the texture 
of university life. We liked walking through Shafer Court yesterday 
at dusk. A woman in a beret rushed toward and past us, pulled by 
a very happy black dog; half a minute later, a woman on a unicycle 
came from behind us and swished by on her way to the library. Let 
us know what you liked as a student, and like now about RPI/VCU, 
and we'll print your answers.; Editor; Shafer 
Court Connections; PO Box 843044; Richmond, VA 23284-3044; 

The article on the SculpttfreDepartment 
is just wonderful. Yesterday 1 got two calls 
about it and this morning two more — all 
from alumni and all raves. Please relay 
my thanks and appreciation to the 
author, Meg Medina, from all of us. 

Connie Brovsn 

Sculpture Department Coordinator 

Wow! What a terrific article on the 
Sculpture Department. It really is one 
of the most comprehensive articles ever 
done on the department and I appreci- 
ate all of the hard work that went into 
it. Please pass on my compliments to 
the author 

Joe Seipel 

Senior Associate Dean 
School of the Arts 

1 just want to say what a wonderful 
job you have done with the article 
about VCU Crew in the summer issue 
of Shafer Court Connections. In fact, this 
past weekend, a faculty member on the 
medical campus told me he had read the 
crew article; he was very excited to find 
out that there is a Crew Club here at VCU 
now, and to learn about the connection 
of the alumni team with the new teams. 

Thank you also for putting in the 
information about my co-director 
Franf oise Kirkpatrick and me receiving 
our Knighthood in the Order of Arts and 
Letters from the French Government [as 
founders and directors ofVCU's French Film 
Festival, the largest in the U.S. Ed.]. The 
French Ambassador was given a copy of 
the magazine. 

Peter Kirkpatrick 

Executive Director 

VCU Office of International Education 

:.tij(.i'jnts and alumni mingled at a Homecoming tailgate party February 5. 
As they ate barbequed pork, grilled chicken and potato salad., true believers 
watched a tape of the January 29 ODU game— VCU 75-ODU 71— on TV 
monitors in the tent. And their kids got game playing Giant Basketball. At 
3:30 the Black and Gold parade wound down Harrison Street to the Siegel 
Center for the game against Towson: VCU 84-Towson 6L 


Chapter Startup! 

Want to meet VCU alumni in your area 
and support the Black and Gold? Get in 
on the ground floor as VCU begins to 
build local chapters in DC-Metro and 
the Hampton Roads area. Interested? 
Contact Chip Rossi, or 
(804) 828-8192. 

Glee Club 

A chorus of greetings filled the air at a 
reception for music alumni hosted by 
the VCU Music Alumni Committee at 
the Virginia Music Educators Association 
conference in Norfolk on November 19. 
Over 75 music faculty and graduates 
reestablished harmony. Check the calendar 
for the next event, Dinner and VCU Opera 
on April 30; email Chip Rossi, garossi<s>vcu. 
edu or call (804) 828-2586. 

Home Base in Petersbu 

Because Richmond's ball park. The 
Diamond, is under renovations this 
spring, VCU will play baseball home 
games at the Petersburg Sports Complex. 

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Travel Benefits 

A benefit of membership in the Alumni 
Association is preferred rates on vacation 
condos all over the world. Link up from Membership 
Benefits, to learn more. Or go to www. All alumni, 
faculty and staff can book an unlimited 
number of vacations under this 
partnership program. 

VCU inTop 200 World Universities 

Virginia Commonwealth University ranks in tlie 
top 200 world universities and the top 100 North 
and Latin American Universities, according to 
the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao 
long University. 

The SJTU Institute uses such indicators of 
academic or research performance as alumni and 
staff who have won Nobel Prizes and Field Medals 
for mathematics; often cited researchers; articles 
in NahiK and Science; and articles in Science 
Citation Index-expanded and Social Science 
Citation Index. 

VCU Director of Athletics Dr. Richard Sander with Hall of 
Farriers Brandon Inge and Donna Pegram 

Hall of Fame 

Golfer John Rollins, baseball player Brandon 
Inge, and track and field star Donna Pegram 

were inducted into VCU's Athletics Hall of Fame 
in December. Rollins garnered CAA honors and 
amateur titles during his VCU years, fuming pro 
in 1997 and joining the PGA tour in 2000. Inge 
joined the Detroit Tigers in 1998 and has been 
a starter for the club behind the plate and in 
the field as third-baseman. Pegram earned Most 
Outstanding Athlete at the Metro Conference's 
1993 indoor championships and 1995 outdoor 

Empowering the Homeless 

As a student intern last year in the Virginia 
Department of Housing and Community 
Development, Suzanne Gore '04MSW devel- 
oped a program to attack chronic homelessness 
which is now a centerpiece of Governor Warner's 
plans to address critical housing and commu- 
nity needs in the state. Gore is special assistant 
to Virginia Secretary of Health and Human 
Resources Jane Woods. 

The two-year pilot program will provide 
stable shelter and mental and physical health 
services for homeless people in rural Virginia and 
Roanoke, to lead them toward self-sufficiency. 
The funding is $ 1 million in federal funds from 

VCU honored four of its most distinguished faculty at 
Convocation 2004 in September. 

Dr. Judy Richardson, on the faculty of the School of 
Education for 25 years, received the University Award of 
Excellence. A leader in literacy education, she cchwrote a 
major textbook in the field as well as other books and papers. 
A recent $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of 
Education will prepare more teachers of English as a Second 
Language. She is also committed to using and teaching tech- 
nology for the classroom. "My mission and my message are 
that we have to look at multiple texts, multiple tools and a 
variety of individuals, and make sure our instruction is individu- 
alized to the greatest extent possible." 

Citing service that's "nothing less than phenomenal," 
VCU gave Dr. Charles Bleick, professor of art education in the 
School of the Arts the Distinguished Service Award. "Art is 
not just about color or a pretty picture — it needs to be about 
who we are as human beings." A former board member of the 
National Art Education Association, Bleick is collaborating with 
the Arts Council of Richmond to research the impact of arts- 
integrated teaching methods on student performance. Bleick 
was recently appointed associate dean for Academic Affairs 
at VCU Qatar. 

Dr. Richard Costanzo, professor of physiology in the 
School of Medicine, received the Distinguished Teaching 
Award. Though he's internationally known for his research 
in olfaction and nerve cell regeneration, teaching is his first 
love. He received the School of Medicine's Faculty Teaching 
Excellence Award in 2003, and he has enjoyed a six-year run 
as student choice for Best Teacher for the neuroscience course 
he teaches first-year students, "I learned from role models 
and saw that excitement in them," he recalls. "Hopefully, I'm 
passing that excitement on to the next generation." 

Dr. Steven Woolf '93HS/M, professor and director of 
research in the Department of Family Medicine, received 
the Distinguished Scholar Award. An international expert 
on "evidence-based medicine," he has written two books 
and more than 80 journal articles, most recently a study in 
December's American Journal of Medicine which shows that 
improving racial inequality of access to health care would 
decrease illness and death more effectively than new technology and treatments. 
"If we develop a fancier test or a new endoscopic device — but health outcomes 
aren't any better — then we're not doing anybody any favors," he comments. 

Housing Opportunity Made Equal, plus 
$75,000 from Virginia's Department of 
Rehabilitahve Services. 

"Suzanne took the skills she 
learned at VCU in our graduate 
administration and policy track and 
successfully applied them to this 
project," says Dr. Ellen Netting, one of 
Gore's professors. "She's an inspiration 
for other students here." 

Stress and Breast Cancer 

The National Institutes of Health granted $3 
million to VCU's School of Nursing to explore 
links between stress-management and the immune 
system responses of women receiving chemo- 
therapy for breast cancer. The five-year study will 
evaluate whether stress management strategies 
like tai chi and spiritual growth groups can reduce 
perceived stress, lessen physical symptoms, and 
enhance immune function. 

Brealting Sterotypes 

Award-winning actor-director- 
producer Tim Reid, co-founder 
and president of New Millennium 
Studios in Virginia, taught 
four classes this spring in Or 
Clarence Thomas's new course on 
"Minorities and Mass Media." 

Reid gave Mass Communica- 
tions students a blitz course in 
African American film and television history; 
points on screenwriting: and tips for survival 
in the current industiy. Passion, he told 
them, is essential to success. "I find very 
little fire in your faces. No one's coming to 
your house to say, 'You're so talented. Put 
down that remote and come make movies.'" 

Thomas's course explores the ways 
mass media limit opportunities for 
Americans of color and women and reflect 
distorted or incomplete images of their 
lives — and shows the many ways those 
limitations have been overcome. 


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Student Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 

VCU computer engineering students 
captured the top prize in an industry and 
government sponsored international 
unmanned aircraft competition at Naval 
Air Systems Command headquarters at 
Inigoes, Maryland, beating several schools 
with more established aerospace engi- 
neering programs. 

VCU seniors Abhishek Handa, Jeffrey 
Quinones, Kevin Van and Brittiany W/ynne 
entered a radio-controlled plane donated 
by the Aviation Advanced Technology 
Directorate at Ft. Eustis. The students 
modified the former Arniy target drone to 
fly itself to preprogrammed coordinates 
using the Global Positioning System. 

"Whereas the other groups used an 
off-the-shelf autopilot system for their 
flight control system, the VCU students 
designed their flight control system and 
data gathering system from scratch," 
commented Dr Robert Klenke, the team's 
faculty advisor and an associate professor 
of electrical engineering. 

Roll Call 

Dr. Stephen Gotlfredson, dean of the 
College of Humanities and Sciences since 
1997, is interim provost and vice president 
for academic affairs for VCU during a 
national search for a permanent provost. 

Dr. Robert Holsworth, director of the 
School of Government and Public Affairs, 
stepped into the role of interim dean of 
the College of Humanities and Sciences 
in July 

Board of Visitors 

Governor Mar1( Warner appointed four 
new members to VCU's Board of Visitors 
in July 2004. 

J. Alfred Broaddus Jr., former 
president of the Federal Reserve Bank of 
Richmond, served on then Governor-Elect 
Mari( Warner's transition finance advisory 
committee in 2001 . 

Brian Jackson is vice president and 
general counsel for Ukrop's Super Mad<ets, 
Inc. He was 2003 Alumni Star of VCU's 
College of Humanities and Sciences. 

John Sherman Jr., vice chair of Scott 
& Stringfellow Financial, Inc., is a trustee 
of the School of Engineering Foundation 
and fornier member of the Partners for 
F'o-7ess Campaign Leadership Committee. 

Thomas Snead Jr '76BS/B is presi- 
dent of />ri, ■ .' Southeast Region, CEO 
of Tngon Hea ti ca'^. and co-chair with 
his wife Vickie Snead '76BS/B of the 
Campaign for VCU (pages 6-7.) 

NoVA Health Center 

Plans are approved to build the Claude Moore 
Health Education Center for education and 
research, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, 
Virginia. The facility will house the VCU School 
of Medicine-lnova Division, a partnership 
between Inova Health Systems and VCU. 

The high-tech Center will alleviate the 
growing shortage of nurses, physicians and 
health professionals in Northern Virginia. A 
surgical simulation laboratory utilizing virtual 
reality, patient simulators, and computer tech- 
nology will provide realistic surgical and emer- 
gency medicine training. A nursing simulation 
laboratory will re-create patient interactions 
using computer-controlled mannequins. 

Mass Comm Week 

During Mass Communications Week November 
15-19, experts from print, broadcast and web 
news and advertising explained to students how 
it's done. Pulitzer prize winning Miami Herald 
columnist Leonard 
Pitts, began the week 
speaking on "Writing 
with Passion and 
Compassion." Pitts 
commented on the 
media's role in polar- 
izing Americans, 
arguing that most of 
us are not extremists 
or even consistently 
"liberal" or "conservative" on all issues. Rather 
than representing the "middle of the road," he 
said, "We are the road." Pitts will return to VCU 
next fall as Virginius Dabney Distinguished 
Professor. He will teach an intensive course in 
opinion writing. 

Dennis Swanson, head of Viacom Television 
Stations Group, creator of the Oprah Winfrey 
Show and a member of the School's advisory 
board, presented the Turpin Lecture in News 
Management. Serono, Inc. executive Slane 
Pepe '83BS/MC discussed "The Challenges 
of Healthcare PR." Jeff Steinhour, a partner in 
Crispin Porter Bogusky ad agency, spoke about 
designing the campaign to introduce the Mini 
Cooper. An internship fair, panel discussions 
and workshops engaged students directly. About 
1,070 students are enrolled in the School of 
Mass Communications. 

Flippen to Direct Faith-Based Grants 

President George Bush has nominated Edward 
Hippen, '65BS/B, Richmond attorney, former 
rector of VCU and friend of the School of Business, 
to be Inspector General for the Corporation for 
National and Community Service. 

The Corporation operates Senior Corps, Ameri- 
Corps, Learn and Serve America, and several other 
faith-based and commtmity programs. Flippen 
would be responsible for ensuring that the agency 
complies with its mission and for investigating 
any allegations of wrongdoing. 

Writing and Democracy 

David Baldacci '83BS/H&S, author oi Absolute 
Control, and other best-sellers, is a strong supporter 
of VCU's Creative Writing program. Baldacci funds 
an MFA fellowship, contributes to VCU's visiting 
writers program, and he is underwriting VCU's 
First Novelist Award, given in 2004 to Michael 
Byers for his novel Lon^ for Tliis World. 

At the First Novelist Awards program in 
September, Baldacci explained why. "Democracy 
is not sustainable in a country where nobody cares 
about the written word. So to be able to assist a 
creative-writing program helps this country get 
back to where it ought to be." 

Do Art and Architecture Matter? 

The New Yorker's architecture critic Paul Goldberger 

presented the first Windmueller Arts Lecture in 

November. Goldberger went to Tire 

New Yorker in 1997 after a 25-year 

career with the New York Times, where 

he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984. He is 

currentiy dean of the Parsons School 

of Design. He asked, "Do Art and 

Architecture Matter? Thoughts on 

Buildings, Design and the Quality 

of Life." 

In the ongoing debate over what 
will fill Ground Zero, Goldberger sug- 
gested, "Renewing [a place] is part of commemo- 
ration. We conserve best, sometimes, by being 
new. We also have a responsibility to create new 
history." He concluded that "the way architecture 
matters, is by creating resonance over time." 

The Windmueller Arts Series was estab- 
lished through a bequest from the late Otti 
Windmueller '49BFA, for 29 years a dynamic 
force in VCU's Fashion Department as faculty 
member and chair. 

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VCU's Department of Art 
FHistory joined the Virginia 
Museum of Fine Arts Novem- 
ber 5-6 to present Expanded 
Frontiers: An International 
Symposium on Islamic Art, 
supported by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. 

International specialists came from as far as Edinburgh and Dubai to cover recent develop- 
ments in Islamic art and architecture studies. Topics included "Painted Poetry: Text and Image in 
Persian Manuscripts" and "Masterpieces of the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar: Art or Decorative 
Art?" by scholar and artist Mohamad Zakariya. 

Zakariya also curated an exhibit of Islamic calligraphy at VCU's Anderson Gallery' November 
5-December 5. He notes that by the 9th or 10th centun/. Islamic calligraphy was "ubiquitous in 
Islamic art, finding applications in architecture, textiles, ceramics, and metalwork." The exhibit 
featured exceptional works donated by his highness Sheikh Hasam bin Muhammad Al-Thani to the 
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. 


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New School of Public Health 

Students began Master's and doctoral programs this spring inVCU's new School of Public Health, 
within the School of Medicine. It is the first in Virginia, one of only 34 in the United States. Dr. 
Tiiahun Adera, chair of VCU's Department Preventative Medicine and Community Health and asso- 
ciate dean for the School, explains it will include public health issues from bioterrorism and the risk 
of chemical weapons to obesity and violence. 

Adera expects 250 students in the first three years, mainly from majors in biological and social 
sciences. "We want people who are laboratory-oriented and people who are interested in the 
social issues of public health," he told "Our graduates will work with the state 
health department as public health practitioners. They will work in disease surveillance in issues 
related to protection of the water systems, air, and the environment in general." 

Major in Homeland Security 

Leading homeland security advisor William Parrish will develop one of the country's first under- 
graduate majors in homeland security and emergency planning at VCU. 

Parrish left his job as senior advisor and liason to FBI Headquarters for U.S. Homeland Security 
Secretary Tom Ridge to come to VCU. He has been director of the office of anti-terrorism for the 
U.S. Customs Service and was commander of the Marine Corps Security Forces, a 4,000-person 
unit responsible for anti-terrorism security at government installations worldwide. 

"VCU is responding to a need for trained professionals to lead the fight against terrorism," 
says Parrish. "Homeland security requires a national response across all segments of society, and 
academic institutions will play a key role." 

Medics Alerted 

VCU Medical Center has joined three 
other medical institutions to provide 
free hands-on experience to Special 
Operations Combat Medics, includ- 
ing Army Rangers and Navy Seals. An 
intensive series of rotations at VCU 
is preparing medics to save lives of 
wounded soldiers and civilians in Iraq 
and Afghanistan. As Central Virginia's 
only Level I trauma center, VCU exposes 
trainees to a high volume mix of trauma 
patients combined with superior critical 
care teaching. 

"We've seen a variety of cases in a 
short period of time — things we don't 
typically see in the military," said Sgt. Timothy Bates, a Special Forces Medical Sergeant candidate. 
"This experience will go along way in teaching us what we need to do in a situation where we 
may be the only medical personnel around for hundreds of miles." 

VCU will train four or five groups of medics each year. 

School of Education Grants 

This fall, VCU's School of Education harvested 
grant funding in several areas. 

The Virginia Literacy Institute at VCU 
received $3.3 million to create with VCU Head 
Start a model early-childhood reading program, 
Richmond Early Reading First. 

A $5.9 million award from the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Education will focus on developing and 
retaining effective teachers in four Richmond-area 
school divisions. The META Teacher Development 
and Retention Project wiU redesign education 
courses, create an interdisciplinary major for 
elementary teachers at VCU's College of 
Humanities and Sciences, and train a large pool 
of exemplary K-12 teachers to work with VCU 
student teachers. META will also strengthen 
mentoring programs for beginning teachers, 
especially at the most challenging schools. 

"Nationally, we lose 30 to 50 percent of all 
beginning teachers within the first five years," 
Terry Dozier, director of VCU's Center for Teacher 
Leadership and former senior advisor to President 

Clinton's Secretary of Education, told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Three grants totaling $9.5 million focus on 
reducing high unemployment among people with 
disabilities. The U.S. Department of Education 
granted VCU's Rehabilitation and Research 
Training Center (RRTC) $3.5 million over five 
years to help people with disabilities find and 
keep work. The Social Security Administration 
awarded $5.2 million for technical support for a 
federal program to help high school and college 
students with disabilities get the skills to find a 
job after graduation, VCU's John Kregel, chair of 
special education and disability policy, will lead 
a research team working with youth in six states. 
A grant of $830,000 from the U.S. Department of 
Labor will fund training to prepare veterans and 
other Virginians with disabilities to work from 
home with computer technology. 

The RRTC on Workplace Support received the 
2004 Exceptional Leaders "Partner of the Year" 
Award from the national U.S. Business Leadership 
Network for its web-based disability etiquette 
training for human resource and hiring managers. 

SPRING 5 2005 


The Many Faces o< Zionism 
Dr. Jack Spiro is Harry Lyons Professor 
and chair of Judaic Studies in VCU's 
School of World Studies. Sponsored 
by VCU Libraries and the VCU Center 
for Judaic Studies. March 23, 730pm, 
Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms 

The Boundaries of Exile 

Islamic Studies scholar Nasr Abu Zaid 

fled Egypt in 1995 under a death sentence 
for apostasy for interpreting Islamic holy 
texts metaphorically and historically. 
March 31,7 pm TBA Full schedule at 
http://www. has. vcu- edu/CB/index. html 

VCU French Film Festival April l-3Byrd 
Theater, Richmond 

The Civil War, by Frank Wildhorn 

VCU Theatre presents a powerful musical- ,: 
drama that weaves the voices of average ' 
nineteenth-century men and women into 
a moving song-cycle. April 7-24 Raymond 
Hodges Theatre 828-6026 

Crossing Boundaries Toward Peace 
Dr. Oscar Arias, former president 
of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace 
Laureate, is an international spokesperson 
for the developing world, championing 
issues of human development, gender 
equity, democracy and demilitarization. 
April 8, 8 pm Singleton Center 

Arias is the keynote speaker for 
the Mid-Atlantic Conference on Latin 
American Studies at VCU, April 8-10. The 
conference includes a Latin Film Festival 
April 10, 12-5 pm at Grace Street Theatre 
and, of course, a Latin Dance Party 

Master Hands & the Background Man: 
Lives At, By, In, From and With Comics 

VCU creative writing professor Tom De 
Haven has published several novels, 
including Funny Papers, Dugan Under 
Ground, three graphic novels, and science 
fiction works. His talk is sponsored by VCU 
Libraries and the James Branch Cabell 
Library Associates. April 20, 7:30 pm 
Commons Theatre 

Cabell Library's Comic Arts 
Collection contains editonal cartoons 
and sketches: the Blake collection of True 
Life comics from the 1940s: more than 
20,000 comic books dating primarily from 
the 1960s through today: and papers, 
drawings, manuscript collections and ref- 
erence materials in the field, http://www. 
library. VCU, edu/jbc/speccoll/comicbkl .html 

F U (I I E S 


$13 Million in New Gifts and Pledges for Monroe Park Campus 

Over $13 million in new gifts and pledges were announced at the Monroe Park Campus Campaign Leadership meeting on February 
23, 2005, including a $10 million commitment from Steve and Kathie Markel to support the School of Business. Tom and Vickie 

Snead, Co-chairs of the Monroe Park Campus campaigns, announced the gifts from twelve donors ear- 
marked for the Monroe Park Campus to over 130 Campaign for VCU volunteers and supporters. 
"VCU has been, over the past ten to fifteen years, a driving force in revitalizing downtown 

Richmond," said Markel. "The business school has a tremendous opportunity to take a leadership role. 

.All businesses in Richmond desperately need talented, well-educated people." 

The Markels' pledge supports the $30 million Campaign for the School of Business, which aims 

to position the School as the leading technologically-focused business school in Virginia. Private 

donations will help fund a new building with new technology and equipment. The new facilities will 

link the Schools of Business and Engineering to attract and produce students with an exceptional 

understanding of the application and management of technology. 

Steve Markel, Vice Chairman of Markel Corporation, currently serves on the governing board of 

the VCU Health System and acts as Chair of the School of Business' Executive Leadership Committee. 

Kathie Markel serves on the Massey Cancer Center's Major 

Gifts Committee and was recently recognized by the YWCA 

of Richmond as one of its 2005 Outstanding Women. 
Other gifts came to the Schools of Business and 

Engineering and the Honors Campaign from: Mark 

Sternheimer; Robert Rigsby '75MS '77Cert '81MBA/B; Mr. 

and Mrs. Wallace Stettinius; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Weinberg; Mr. 

and Mrs. Marcus Weinstein; Mr. and Mrs. Allen King; the 
Universal Leaf Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Edmunds '87MBA; Mr. and Mrs. Sterling 
Edmunds. The Family of VCU Alumni Association President WilUam Ginther '69BS 
'74MS/B donated $100,000. He said, "It is because VCU was there for me in the 
'60s that I am able to give this size gift now. 1 cannot imagine my adult life if 1 had not 
had the opportunity to attend VCU." 



Steve and Kathie Markel 

Dr. Irani joins VCU's first president and first 
first lady. Dr. Warren and Esther Brandt The 
Brandts' daughter Sherry Mikuta '82MBA and 
her husband Mark, with famllv and friends, 
established the Warren and Esther Brandt Merit 
Scholarship Fund In the College of Humanities 
and Sciences In 2000. The new tower addition 
to Rhodes Hall was recently named Warren W. 
Brandt Residence Hall. 

From Left: Robert Henley '71 BS, Bob Griffin '68BS '99MTAX, Ruth Epps '82 MACC 
'87PhD, and Thomas Epps '73PhD celebrate the Campaign for VCU. 

VCU Makes Philanthropy 400 

VCU was ranked 350th of the top 400 charitable institutions in 2004 by 
The Chronicle of Philanthropy The Chronicle surveyed 850,000 U.S. 
nonprofits to find those which raised the most in donations from indi- 
viduals, foundations and corporations. 

"This achievement is a great tribute to our many loyal and generous 
donors who care deeply about our programs, students and faculty," 
remarked Peter Wyeth, vice president for University Advancement. 
"VCU is moving up the ranks of instituttons of higher education in a 
number of areas, and this is one measure of our progress." 

The 14th annual Philanthropy 400 reported good news for the coun- 
try's non profit organizations. Giving to the nation's 400 most successful 
fundraising groups rose by 2.3 percent in 2003, a sign that charities are 
beginning to recover from 2002, when the Philanthropy 400 suffered a 
1 .2 percant loss. Combined donations to the 400 charities in the survey 
l^ totaled $47. 1 billion last year. Total private support for education was 
$15,246,186,973 for 2003, a 1.2 percent increase over 2002. 

Dr. Irani greets William and Gaye Shinall Jones '90BSW '93MSW, 

Cert/AH. The Joneses have established two scholarships at VCU— 
Ihe William 0. Jones Men's Basketball Scholarship and the Gaye 
Shinall Jones Merit Scholarship in Social Work. (Gaye Jones died in 
January; see page 41) 

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Planned Giving at VCU: 
invest in tlie Future 

At no other time in the history of 
Virginia Commonwealth University has 
such terrific progress occurred in so small 
an amount of time. It is an indicator of 
the pace of this new century, as well as 
the value the Richmond community, the 
Commonwealth of Virginia, alumni and 
friends of VCU place on the University as 
one of the nation's most respected insti- 
tutions of higher learning. 

One way to ensure that VCU 
remains a vital part of the landscape of 
Richmond, Virginia, and the nation is 
to include VCU in your estate plans. 
Gifts by bequest help guarantee that the 
University will continue to provide a 
quality education for Virginians as well 
as the rest of the country. VCU's Heritage 
Society is made up of people who have 
provided for VCU in their estate plans. 
Members receive newsletters, invitations 
to special events, and special recognition 
in development-related publications. 

VCU has accomplished so much in 
the past few years. Not only have we 
established a record number of endowed 
merit scholarships, professorships, lec- 
tureships and chairs; we have continued 
to increase our space for critical academic 
and student needs— from the construc- 
tion of the Stuart C. Siegel Center, the 
new School of Engineering, and the new 
School of Fine Arts building, to the Irani 
Center for Life Sciences, Sports Medicine 
buildings. New housing, the Shafer 
Court Dining Hall and an expanded 
Student Commons enhance student life. 
The Massey Cancer Research Center and 
Gateway Building increase research and 
teaching capacity at the VCU Medical 
Center. Freshman applications have 
increased by 38 percent since 1990; and 
VCU and its affiliated organizations com- 
pleted more than $286 million of major 
capital projects in the last decade. 

As VCU looks to the future, 
its leaders must also plan for the 
University's long-term stability and set a 
sustainable course for growth. Planned 
gifts are an Important way for both 
the University and the donor to aid in 
VCU's continuing purpose. Supporting 
VCU through your estate will have a 
permanent impact not only on the 
University and its students, but also on 
the community and the nation. 

For more information on how you can 
include VCU in your estate plans, please 
'contact Tom Burke, Executive Director of 
the VCU Foundation, at (804) 828-3958 or 

Tom and Vickie Snead 

Alumni Give $1 Million to Campaign VCU 

Last April President Eugene Irani announced the public launch 
of VCU's $330.5 million Campaign for VCU and named 
Ihomas '96BS/B and Vickie '96BS/B Snead Campaign 
co-chairs for the Monroe Park Campus. In September 2004, 
the Sneads announced that the Snead Family Foundation was 
pledging $1 million to support the School of Business's $30 
million campaign goal. 

lom Snead is president of Anthem Blue Cross & Blue 
Shield-Southeast Region and serves on the School's Campaign 
Executive Leadership team. He was recently appointed to 
VCU's Board of Visitors. His wife, Vickie Snead, former vice 
president of Merchandise Planning and Stock Control of Miller 
& Rhoads department store, is a member of VCU's Alumni 
Board and the Board of the Science Museum of Virginia. Vickie 
also plays an active role in the current Campaign for the 
Massey Cancer Center. 

"Ihe VCU School of Business opened a new world to me," says lom. "Ihroughout 
my career, the education and skills acquired at VCU have never failed me in meeting 
the toughest of business challenges. Ihis is why 1 feel so strongly in supporting my 
alma mater, an institution that has served me so well in life." 

"As proud VCU alumni, we are happy to give back to the instttution that has given 
us so much opportunity," says Vickie. "lom and I consider this a wise investment in 
the future of VCU and its students." 

"Ihe Sneads' million dollar pledge will help support the School's campaign 
goals to construct a new building complex and fulfill our vision to be nation- 
ally recognized as the leading technologically focused business school in the 
Commonwealth," says Dr. Michael Sesnowitz, Dean of the Business School. "Ihis 
state-of-the-art facility will create a greater sense of community among students, 
faculty, alumni and business leaders." 

At the planned Monroe Park Campus addition just east of Belvidere Street, the new 
School of Business will be linked with Phase II of the School of Engineering— creating 
synergies for business and engineering students and faculty. Ihrough this Campaign 
for VCU, the School of Business will be able to add several new components: a career 
center, a trading room, and high-tech case- and teambuilding rooms to serve the 
School's six departments and over 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students. 

"VCU's new School of Business will prepare students for successful careers and 
lifelong learning by providing management education firmly grounded in technology, 
interdisciplinary teamwork and global perspectives," says Irani. "Ihis exciting initia- 
tive will provide our business community with well-trained and motivated engineers 
and with business executives who have great technical skills and can work in diverse 
environments. Everyone at the University is so grateful to lom and Vickie for their 

great generosity and 
leadership. Ihey are 
wonderful examples 
of our successful and 
appreciative alumni." 

Comprised of 20 
mini-campaigns, the 
Campaign for VCU 
is building on the 
previous success of 
Partners for Progress 
campaign, which 
added to endowed 
funds and professor- 
ships, and built the 
School of Engineering, 
the Stuart C. Siegel 
Center and School of 
Fine Arts Building. 

Dr. Russell Johnston '56BS '58MS/B, Harnett Johnston, and 

Dr. William Blake Jr. Ardent champions of the College of Humanities 

and Sciences, the Johnstons established the Russell A. and Harriet 

W. Johnston Merit Scholarship in the School 

of Business in 2000. Dr. Blake is a professor 

emeritus in the School of World Studies. He and 

his wife, Miriam, created the William E. Blake 

Scholarship Fund in 2002 and the Blake Fund for 

the History of Christianity in June 2004. 

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August 26, 2004, the first day of class. 
A noisy, colorful flood of students 
swirls through Shafer Court and Park 
Plaza, throngs spilling across Grace 
and Broad Streets and through the 
Commons Plaza across Main. They are 
laughing, talking, their faces lighting 
up to see friends. The air crackles with 
excitement, delight, eager curiosity, 
and maybe just an edge of anxiety. 

Sound familiar? Yes and no. If you 
went to VCU more than 10 years ago, 
this is not the school you remember. 
We're not talking about the gentle mat- 
uration of your alma mater. This is a 
growth spurt like nothing Shafer Court 
has seen before. 

Freshman enrollment has doubled, 
from 1,612 to 3,364, with total VCU enrollment at 
28,462. Overall out-of-state enrollment has gone from 
2,037 in 1990 to 3,008. You may remember spending 
most of your out of class time just looking for a place 
to park. A university that once catered to commuter 
students from Richmond and suburban counties now 
races to keep up with a burgeoning residential popula- 
tion which has grown from 2,804 in VCU housing in 
1990; to 4,103 in 2004-05; expecting 6,237 by 2010. 

The changing face of VCU is reflected in growing 
numbers of Asian (1,625), Hispanic (699) and inter- 
national (767) students. The average GPA of first-time 
freshmen has risen from 2.83 to 3.21, and average SAT 
scores have risen from 1032 to 1066. 

These students are drawn by VCU's excellent 
programs, some created with new facilities in the mid 
1990s. A new School of Engineering graduated its first 
class in 2000, and is still expanding, forging new con- 
nections with the School of Business. The Trani Center 
for Life Sciences has opened fresh opportunities for 
interdisciplinary collaborations in research and teaching 
like its very hot undergraduate and graduate Forensic 
Science programs (Shafer Court Connections, Summer 
2004). In 2003, several departments in the College of 
Humanities and Sciences crosslinked to create two new 
Schools focused on World Studies and on Government 
and Public Affairs. A new major 
in African American Studies con- 
tributes faculty to both Schools. 
VCU's School of the Arts boasts 
four programs ranked in the 
top ten in the country by US 
News SnWorld Report: MFA in 
Sculpture-1 [SCC, Summer 2004); 
Communication Arts and Design- 
4; Masters of Fine Arts-6; Painting 
and Printmaking-10. 

"VCU is really recognizing that it's a very different 
institution," says Dr. Henry Rhone, vice provost for 
Student Affairs. "We're a major league university com- 
peting with a lot of institutions now. "VCU has become 
a 'destination university.'" 

"Students are coming to us from really all over 
the country," confirms Delores Taylor, director of 
Undergraduate Admissions. "We are no longer a local or 
even regional institution." Active recruitment extends 
from Maryland to Maine along the 1-95 corridor. 
International students are coming from all over the 
world, and VCU has even established an outpost in the 
Middle East, the VCU School of the Arts in Doha, Qatar. 

No wonder students like sophomore Tatlana Fetgo 
think "the best thing about VCU is the diversity." Senior 
journalism major Julian Benbow expands on that theme. 
"There's a large racial blend, people coming from dif- 
ferent backgrounds, from Northern Virginia to inner 
city Richmond. People with different religions, from 
different countries. On my floor, we had the Italian guy, 
Indian people, just a whole lot of different people; and 
they all came together pretty well. It doesn't happen all 
the time but you just have to work with it, and you learn 
from it, because that's what this is for, obviously." Carol 
Sesnowitz is director of out-of-state enrollment. "We 
reflect society as a whole," she comments. "Students 

experience here the world they'll 
be working in after graduation." 

VCy Powers UP 

Great programs are only part of 
the equation that brings so many 
different students to VCU. As 
tuition rises rapidly, VCU offers 
incoming freshmen 240-250 four- 
year scholarships varying from 
in-state tuition, fees and housing 

SPRING 9 2005 

to half of in-state tuition, says Taylor. Alumni and other 
friends of VCU have set up 200 endowed scholarships 
(several with multiple recipients each year) for specific 
programs in Business, Engineering and other areas. 
Scholarship dollars help bring the best students to VCU. 
Sally Austin '85BFA 'OIMIS/H&S is "bursting with 
pride that my son chose my alma-mater!" Her 15-year- 
old son Derek, SAT score of 1570, a national AP scholar 
with 42 college hours, passed up scholarships at UVA 
and Duke to choose VCU. For Derek, a freshman and 
one of about 93 Presidential Scholars on campus, it's 
a no-brainer — "Best program, best financial package. 
VCU is one of the very few universities that offer 
Bioinformatics as an undergraduate major," he explains. 
With his AP hours, Derek hopes to complete VCU's five- 
year BS/MS degree in Bioinformatics in four years. "Even 
in my first semester, I've encountered some truly great 
faculty members who honestly want their students to 
learn," he says. "It's quite refreshing." 

Sally Austin observes, "I know that all of these 
students have unique stories and are highly intelligent 
and motivated. VCU is snagging some awesome kids." 

Guaranteed Admissions Programs pull in more 
"awesome kids." The best freshmen applicants can arrive 
tenured, so to speak — their admission to VCU medical 
school, dental school, or several other graduate programs 
is guaranteed as long as they meet course requirements 
and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Unlike other schools, VCU does 
not require specific majors; and students keep their guar- 
antee at VCU even while applying to graduate programs 

at other universities. 

Senior chemistry major 
Ashmi Doshi, another 
Presidential Scholar, 
was still in high school 
when she interviewed for 
medical school at VCU. 
"1 came to VCU because 
I wanted to experience 
something new," says the 
California native, "and the 
Guaranteed Admissions 
Program is so awesome 
with so many options." 
Doshi will graduate with 
minors in Political Science 
and Women's Studies. She 
also found time to intern 
with the General Assembly, 
work part-time at VCU's 
Massey Cancer Center, 
and serve in the Student 
Government Association. 
She is taking courses in 
Barcelona this spring 
through VCU's Study 
Abroad program. 

"/ thought the typical 
student was somebody 
who lived at home, 
worked a lot, and took 
as lUt.ry classes as they 
could. That's not the 
case. "—Julian Benbow 

Guaranteed or not, any VCU student aiming for 
a health care profession has an edge, says Dr. Cecil 
Drain, dean of the School of Allied Health. On the 
spot, they can find out in person what those top-rated 
programs — like Nurse Anesthesia, number 1, or Health 
Administration, number 5 — are looking for. "It makes all 
the difference in the world," to acceptance, says Drain. 

Stereotypes suggest that VCU science and engineer- 
ing students are smart and the rest are "slackers." -NOT. 
Forty percent of Honors students are from the School of 
Humanities and Sciences, about a quarter from Arts, and 
the rest from Business, Engineering, and other smaller 
Schools. "We have students from every discipline," says 
Dr. Anne Chandler, Honors Program associate director. 

Certainly his Provost Scholarship was a big reason 
senior painting and printmaking major Brett Johnson 
came to VCU from Philadelphia. An equally strong 
attractor was the chance to attend a great urban art 
school integrated with a larger university. "I always tell 
people that VCU is ranked higher than schools you 
would expect — like the Pratt Institute and the Parsons 
School of Design. A lot of people up North still don't 
know. They are surprised, and that makes me proud." 
Because VCU is more than an art institute, "I could meet 
people who weren't all art majors and get a complete 
education." (Bioinformatics major Derek Austin notes 
that a lot of his friends are art majors.) 


Cabell Library rides the mocha wave of the 
infonnation revolution with its cyber cafe. 
"It's much more comfortable in there now 
instead of so 1970, " says senior, Martha 
Cosgrove. And every latte rings up a bonus 
percentage for the library book budget. At 
the open stairs to the second floor, a wrap- 
around mural designed and painted by 
shtdents in Janet Gilmore-Bryan's mural 
class showcases a vibrant VCU life — the 
diversity of people, buildings and spaces on 
campus and m the community nearbv 

that may not be as readily avail- 
able elsewhere." This is true for 
students in almost every program 
from Accounting to World Studies, 
Criminal Justice to Social Work. 
(See "Test Drive a Career," page 15.) 


City LightSr City Life 

The university's urban setting has always been a major 
draw for young people seeking adventure. "Being an 
artist," says Johnson, "1 liked the campus was because 
it was a city, but with a lot of trees and grass." Monroe 
Park's urban green is more inviting after being pruned, 
renewed and restored by a community-VCU partner- 
ship — the gargoyles are gargling once more on its ornate 
Victorian fountain, rededicated last fall. 

In the heart of the city, VCU students can enjoy 
bands and sports, theater, and nearby restaurants — at 
prices cheaper than in a big city. Richmond's thriving 
art scene, fed by theater and arts graduates, is just one of 
the synergies with VCU, and Johnson takes advantage 
of events like First Friday Arts evening gallery openings 
downtown and on campus. He's a curator himself, 
running the Student Art Space in the Commons with 
fellow art major Naomi Cayne. 

City connections also offer 
great internships. "This is a 
wonderful location for students 
to get a 'real world' education," 
explains Director of Admissions 
Delores Taylor. "Students 
can really home in on the 
careers that they're interested 
in because they can go into 
Richmond or to Washington 
and participate in co-ops, job 
training and other opportunities 

At VCU since 1989, Dr. Henry Rhone 
l_ has witnessed a massive morph in 
i the University scene. "What stands 
I out most to me," says Rhone, "is that 
^ students are actually around campus, 
spending their leisure time hanging 
out. In 1990, you saw students come in, find a parking 
place, and then take off." While VCU continues to roll 
out the red carpet for commuter students, resident life 
has more and more appeal. 

"Before 1 got here," says Benbow, who holds 
Provost and Alvin Aaroe Scholarships, "I thought the 
typical student was somebody who lived at home, 
worked a lot, and took as many classes as they could. 
That's not the case. Lots of people come straight out 
of high school and enjoy the college life like it was a 
Zoolander movie or something. That was a surprise." 
He adds, "It's a lot of fun." 

Students used to yearn for that off-campus apartment 
(shared with four roommates, two dogs and an iguana). 
"Now they really want to live on campus and have that 
total college experience," Taylor notes. The crane above 
Brandt Hall as it rises next to Rhoads is only the most 
visible sign of the new residence 
halls and student apartments 
materializing rapidly on and 
near the Monroe Park Campus, 
making rooms for eager residents. 

In 2001, an honors dorm 
opened in a former hospital on 
West Grace Street and year-round 
student apartments welcomed 
upperclassmen at 1 100 W. Broad 

RAMZHall, West Broad Street's 
newest residence. 

SPRING 11 2005 

Street, recently named Ackell Residence Center for VCU's 
President Dr. Edmund Ackeli (1978-90). At Rowland and 
Broad across irom the Siegel Center, VCU leases Capitol 
Garage Apartments for student housing. In 2003, more 
apartments opened at Belvidere and Broad, and the third 
phase of Gladding Residence Hall was finished. 

Another student apartment building at Broad and 
Shafer Streets was devastated during construction by a 
serious fire last March (damaging the Fine Arts Building 
and homes and businesses in the Carver neighborhood 
as well). Rebuilt more safely to code specifications, 
RAMZ Hall, with four floors of student apartments above 
ground floor retail, opened in January (photo, page 11). 
Brandt Hall is ahead of schedule and will soon house 
more than 600 students in suites of double rooms. In 
November it was named for VCU's first president. Dr. 
Wanen Brandt (1969-74). Further in the future, the 
Monroe Park Campus expansion (see "Campaign for 
VCU," pages 6-7) will include dorms for the Engineering 
and Business Schools as well as new classroom build- 
ings, linked to create synergy and cross-fertilization for 
students and faculty. 

Student Life Supports 

From President Irani to the entire faculty and staff, VCU 
of 2004-05 is committed to a strong "learner-centered, 
student-centered" philosophy. That means, says Martha 
Lou Green, assistant vice provost for Student Affairs, "We 
will provide more support systems for our students in 
everything from their academic environment to their co- 
curricular environment." 

!n a huge university of 27,000, interest groups can 
create the warmth of dozens of small schools within 
the big one. Most students eventually find themselves, 
and their other selves — ^whether at Gladding 3; among 

"Everybody really wants to go there, " says 
Martha Cosgrove. Students had asked for 
more choices, and Shafer Court Dining Hall 
delivers. Students fill the wide spiral stair- 
case to the second floor heading to multiple 
"statiom, " like Field of Greens salad bar or 
Sergeant Pepper's all vegetarian {and vegan) 
clioices. Burger kings and queens line up 
at Rams' Grill. Fan Fare is dinner at the 
homesick restaurant, mom's basics and 
soutliem comfort foods. Diners can build a 
deli sub, or even make their own pancakes 
anytime. VCU is one of the first schools in 
Virginia to put its kitcheii up front, where 
stiidents can watch the chefstirfry their 
veggies or beef at the Mongolian grill. Also 
up front is one of sophomore psych major 
Colleen Simon's favorite VCU experiences. 
"Every day when I walk into Shafer Court 
Dining Hall the ladies at the registers are 
always smiling." 

other English or theatre majors; among the Young 
Republicans, or Dhamani Indian hip-hop or the Go 
Club. More than 200 student organizations make con- 
nections, from social, service and academic to student 
government, political, and cultural groups. 

And VCU jumpstarts that sense of belonging 
in a number of ways. By creating freshman interest 
groups, "we try to put students together, usually within 
academic areas, so that they can have a cohort of twenty 
students that take classes together," Green explains. 

About a third of freshmen take VCU 101, a course 
where students can meet each other and begin to adjust 
to independent campus life. The class includes univer- 
sity history, study skills, time management, social skills, 
and safety. "It helps them make the transition from the 
heavily monitored situation of high school," Rhone 
explains. Green notes, "For many students, living away 
hom home is a great deal of freedom — or so they think 
until midterms come around, and then they panic." 
Students "who didn't quite get it together in the fall," 
she adds, take VCU 102 in the spring. 

Although she grew up nearby in Midlothian, Martha 
Cosgrove, a senior in pre-physical therapy, feels on- 
campus life is indispensable. "Living in the residence 
halls is how you meet all your friends." Besides, "I've 
had the comforts of home without being at home," she 
grins. As a resident assistant for three years, Cosgrove has 
helped other students make friends. "It's important to 
start off with a really strong sense of community." 

"I'm still actually in dorms," seconds senior and 
Richmonder Julian Benbow. "I met a lot of friends I 
wouldn't have if I had stayed at home, even being just 
eight minutes away — hanging out until two in the 
morning playing Playstation, or just running back to 
your room if you forget your books." 


Cosgrove supports her freshmen 
charges with required study sidlls 
programs like "Build Your Brain" and 
"Tune Your Mind." Martha the hin 
facilitator plans pizza parties and ice 
cream socials. She'll suggest, "Let's 
all go to the gym together" — maybe 
for a wild game of "Medic!" dodge- 
ball. In the Friday afternoon tension 
buster from Recreational Sports, 20 
kids hurl balls at 19 dodgers and a 
lone "medic," who can resuscitate 
teammates. When Martha runs into 
students who lived on her hall, "it's 
neat to see them and have them tell 
me they're still in touch with the 
friends they made then." 


A Community of 

"If you want to create a community 
of scholars, you bring the learning 
to where they live," says Honors 
Program Director Dr. Tim Hulsey. 
The VCU Honors Program has 
grown from 316 students in 1990 
to 1,350 students today. Honors 
perks include much-prized early 
registration and five-week Honors 
Modules on special topics, from 
Edgar Allan Poe to Foundations of 
Psychoneuroimmunology, or Why 
Americans Wear White Sneakers. 

At the freshmen Honors dorm at 701 West Grace 
Street, honors advising, meeting rooms, study space, 
a computer lab, and a big TV 
with DVD & VCR for social and 
academic use, are available 24/7 
by card-key access in the ground 
floor. These facilities are heavily 
used, not only by the residents 
upstairs, but by commuter 
students. "We get so much more 
traffic through here with the 
freshmen living in the building," 
comments Associate Director Dr. 
Anne Chandler. 

Hulsey loves "to catch 
students talking about ideas — not 
preparing for a class but just 
debating an issue. 1 hear them 
talk about everything from 
politics to sports." After their 
student film group saw Dr. 
St'rangelove, "they spent more 
than an hour discussing the cold 
war and current foreign policy." 

The intense presidential election this fall had VCU students on both sides of the political spectrum more 
active than ever. VCU Young Democrats and Students for Kerry were in the Student Commons every 
day for the first two weeks of classes, registering over 450 young voters and helping 350 students with 
absentee ballot requests. They increased their own membership by over 300 members to nearly 450. 
The "Kerry kids," John Kerry's children, hit VCU on a sweep of Virginia campuses in September, and 
John Edwards' wife Elizabeth spoke at VCU's Health Sciences Center — both packed assemblies. 

"Mostly we're just trying to get students to realize that politics affects them, and there's a lot 
of important decisions that are going to be 
made," says Young Democrat LeaAnne Eaton, 
a psychology major. "We talk about tuition 
rates, we talk about class offerings, we talk 
about all the stuff that's going on at VCU, 
like building plans, and how the election will 
affect those things that affect them." 

After several years without a conserva- 
tive student organization, the new College 
Republicans and Students for Bush also did 
their stints in the Commons as well, register- • 
ing 300 students. (The League of Women ' 
Voters also registered students and helped ' 


them request absentee ballots.) "I would rather have somebody make the mistake of voting for 
Kerry than make the mistake of not voting at all," Justin Rose, who heads up Students for Bush, 
told in September. 

VCU students "act locally" as well, volunteering in Richmond's first mayoral election and rein- 
vigorating the Student Government Association. And VCU's spectrum includes more than simple red 
and blue. Thirty student organizations take action on political, social and gender issues. Well, 29; 
the Libertarians never did the paperwork. 

Last semester, the student Senate began rewriting the SGA constitution to clarify language and 
add a judicial branch to student government The new constitution puts the speaker of the Senate in 
more of a chairperson role, like a majority leader; now the vice president presides over the Senate. 
The new constitution awaits approval from the Senate, then the student body, and finally all the 
committees. At least says Eaton happily, "it's no longer in committee!" 

There's more. Hulsey also brings the living into the 
education. "We try to take them outside the academic 
environment, to challenge other parts of their skill sets." 
The Honors Retreat for freshmen 
every fall is one of those out-of- 
mind, into-body experiences, this 
year at Challenge Discovery. "To 
maneuver around the obstacles 
on the course, they had to use 
their physical skills and cooperate 
with each other," says Hulsey. 

He has ambitious plans for 
VCU Honors students. "The 
next step is to take the program 
national. We want to system- 
atize undergraduates participat- 
ing in research and presenting 
papers, and develop Honors 
programs within academic dis- 
ciplines." A proposed new staff 
position would "focus entirely 
on helping VCU students 
compete for major scholarships 
and fellowships like the Rhodes, 
Fulbright and Marshall." 

"I always tell people that VCU is 
ranked higher than schools you 
would expect — like the Pratt 
Institute and the Parsons School 
of Design. A lot of people up 
North still don't know. Tliey are 
surprised, and that makes me 
proud. "—Brett Johnson 

SPRING 13 2005 

Hulsey wants "to create an 
environment for education." 
And students feel it among fellow 
students and with VCU faculty, in 
and out of the classroom. "Being 
pre-med you're struggling to get 
your prerequisites done. I feel like 
I've always had a good rapport 
with my classmates. Everyone 
works well together, and profes- 
sors always seem to be there for 
their students," says Ashmi Doshi. 

For sophomore psychology 
major LeaAnne Eaton, the best 
thing about VCU is "1 actually 
really like the teachers and classes. 
It's such a cheesy comment, but 
my friends at other schools are 
being taught by grad students. 
My professors bring up things 
they've done, and they're just so 
experienced, and I can't believe they're here." 

Follow the Action 

More students on campus 24/7 pushes other enhance- 
ments, like longer library hours and great recreation and 
fitness spaces. The Siegel Center's heavily used workout 
rooms keep the student body in shape and help them 

handle stress. The final 
Phase 3 expansion of 
the Student Commons 
opened in Spring 2004, 
with new meeting rooms, 
a revamped theater, and 
more light and space just 
to sit and hang out. New 
traffic lights on Main 
and West Franklin Streets 
protect VCU students 
and Richmond area 
commuters coming and 
going downtown. VCU 
supports its commuting 
students with new parking 
decks on Bowe Street 
and at the corner of Cary 
and Harrison. 

Improved options 
for housing, dining 
and parking are just the 
beginning. New and 
expanded traditions lure 
students out of their 
rooms. Homecoming 
is now a full week of 
events linking students 
and alumni; the annual 

"There's always someone 
you can feel comfort- 
able hist being yourself 
aroui'l You can be 
whoever yiu want to 
be. " — Martha Cosgrove 

Intercultural Festival estab- 
lished by Ashmi Doshi and the 
Student Government Association 
attracted 3,200 students last 
year; and the Greek system is 
growing — there is even mention 
of possibly building a "fraternity 
row" on Grace Street between 
Harrison and Shafer. "It was never 
a matter of making an effort to 
meet people. It was just there," 
says Benbow. The campus events 
calendar lists drama, concerts, 
films, lectures and sports. VCU 
sponsors excursions like outings 
to the James River or farther. 
The mall-starved can take a 
shopping bus north to Potomac 
Mills outlet stores. 

VCU basketball, soccer and 
tennis teams have been nation- 
ally ranked. "The tennis team hasn't lost a conference 
championship since 1 was born," comments Benbow, a 
sportswriter for the Commonwealth Times. As crowds 
flow down Harrison Street to home games, VCU spirit 
walks the campus, from old-fashioned Rams t-shirts to 
emblazoned ties and scarves. 

Intramural athletics is growing, and the CT covers 
it. "It's stuff that people care about," says Benbow. "Flag 
football frats are really big. A lot of people go out there 
every day; they email or call my cell phone — 'game starts 
in five minutes.' They rib on each other. Basketball is a 
great way to meet people, even if you're no good, like 
me. You play ball one day, and the next day it's all love." 

Martha Cosgrove comments on that feeling of accep- 
tance for every student. "You can do anything you want 
at VCU. Nothing's wrong here. There's always someone 
you can feel comfortable just being yourself around. 
You can be whoever you want to be." Her remarks look 
ahead as well, to students' visions of life after college. 
VCU's wide range of programs will help them become 
whoever they want to be. 

Brett Johnson muses, "The first two years 1 thought 
a lot about transferring because I had kind of an old 
mindset about art and wanted to paint in a traditional 
way. But then 1 realized that the schools 1 was looking 
to transfer to would just be lying to me and VCU was 
telling the truth that this was the future of art. My work 
has changed so much. I'm now a contemporary artist 
rather than looking to the past. That fits the whole VCU 
profile, 1 think. They don't brag about the past; they look 
forward into the future." 

foriel Foltz is a freelance writer and consultattt, and a frequent 
contributor to Shafer Court Connections. 



Undergraduates choosing careers — chemis- 
try, accounting, IT, medicine — often have only 
a hazy idea of what that will mean. When Paul 
Creasy '97BS/B, general manager for Aetadis 
USA, talks to them about the VCU Career 
Center's Co-op Program, he advises, "If you're 
going to put money into a car, test drive it 
before you buy it." 

VCU students can test drive their chosen 
field through the University's Co-op Program 
and VCU Alumni Relations' Extern Program. 
VCU partnerships with major corporations 
and agencies headquartered in Richmond 
connect students with even more intern- 
ships and job opportunities at Philip Morris, 
the Virginia Division of Forensic Science and 
others. Students can work in their fields and 
experience the job first-hand. 

Creasy's own test drive took an unfore- 
seen turn. As a student, he was sure he 
wanted to go into accounting. During a varied 
two years as a Co-op student worker at Allied 
Chemical, he realized that accounting wasn't 
his first career choice after all. "The Co-op 
Program helped me fine tune more of my 
interests," he comments. "If I hadn't been 
in the program, I wouldn't have known that 
I was more interested in the production and 
operations side ofthe business than in the 
financial side." 

After finishing the program. Creasy went 
full-time with Nappe-Babcock, working as an 
assistant controller with a focus on the manu- 
facturing side ofthe business. "I wouldn't 
have gotten that job without the program," 
he says. 

Now at Aetadis USA, Creasy oversees 
production and operations at the company's 
pipe tobacco division. "What you learn in 
the classroom and how things are applied 
in business are like apples and oranges," 
he comments. "To be able to see the appli- 
cation of what you are learning makes a 
huge difference." 

Keith Latta '03 BS/B, director of human 
resources for Dominion Credit Union, signed 
up for Co-op early in his junior year. "I wanted 
to be in an HR shop," he explains. "My goal 
was to work in a Fortune 500 company, so I 
was very particular about the type of opportu- 
nity that I would consider." 

Latta landed an internship in the HR 
department at DuPont. To enhance his on- 
site education, Latta eagerly accepted extra 
responsibilities. "We were converting from 
functional to cellular manufacturing. I helped 

them with their cellular manufacturing initia- 
tive. I developed my HR skills in that role," 
he explains. "I enjoyed working in a labor 
union environment." 

Latta "was able to put into practice what 
I had learned" — invaluable experience "that 
helped me during the interview process." 

In the Alumni Relations Extern Program, 
students spend a week in an alumnus's 
office during winter or spring break. Diane 
Stout-Brown, associate director ofthe 
Alumni Office at VCU, started the program 
1 5 years ago "to keep alumni involved 
with the university and to provide valuable 
service for the students." 

Students and alumni volunteer for the 
program. Alumni must have their employer's 
approval before bringing a student into the 
office for a week to learn about the company 
"We normally have 20 to 25 students partici- 
pate in each session," Stout-Brown says. 

A one-week experience may sound like 
Co-op Lite, but both mentors and mentees find 
it a substantial overview. "It's a great network- 
ing opportunity. The alumni like the student 
interaction. In a number of cases, they have 
hired the student," says Stout Brown. 

So students aren't the only test-drivers in 
this exchange. Todd Wright '01 BS/B is one of 
the bright, capable students whose company 
hired him. Wright, now an investment con- 
sultant for SunTrust Securities, explored 
SunTrust with Cindy Gettsy '82BS/B, assistant 
vice president investment consultant. Gettsy 
got her firm involved with the program after 
hearing aboutthe value of externships from 
an associate. 

"Typically students observe different 
areas and different jobs such as sales assis- 

tant, salesperson, portfolio manager, manage- 
ment and investment consultants," Gettsy 
explains. "It's ideal if we have a project they 
can observe." 

Because the program "gives you an 
overview, a taste of all the different areas and 
it gives you a broad spectrum ofthe industry 
as a whole," Wright comments, it helps define 
career goals. SunTrust employees were very 
open to his questions all week. "The extern- 
ship is really about learning through obser- 
vation," he says. "You are watching the job 
unfold in front of you. You getto learn whether 
this is really what you want to do." 

Wright did his externship during his 
junior year. "That's an excellent time," he 
comments. "You still have a year of classes 
left so you can steer them toward what you 
want to do." 

Participating in an externship is an impor- 
tant networking tool for students and a great 
opportunity for companies to work with the 
community and VCU. "Working with Diane 
Stout-Brown has been awesome," says 
Gettsy "She does all the legwork, and she 
checks with me to see if the experience has 
been good. It's a good relationship." 

Wright's only concern is that many 
students don't realize these two resources 
are available to them. "The knowledge you 
get in one week is amazing," he says. "People 
are looking for real-world experience. It does 
wonders for your resume." 

Joan Tupponce is a freelance writer and the 
editor of Scarab, for alumni of VCU's MCV 

SPRING 152005 



For 20 years, Americans have tactfully, 
obliviously, or self-servingly C'y^s, please, FU take 
another serving of that, thanks'') overlooked the 
growing numbers of growing Americans. Voices 
pointing it out were murmurs. Once a year our doctors, 
often overweight themselves, told us to lose weight 
and exercise daily. The murmurs became a shout 
when the American Medical Association designated 
obesity an official disease. America is outed. There is 
an elephant in the living room, and it's sitting on our 
couch, eating Doritos and playing video games. 

Dr. Dale Bond, assistant professor of community 
health education in VCU's Department of Exercise 
Science, reports that 55 percent of Americans are 
now overweight. Even more serious is the jump 
in those considered obese. 'The percentage of 
those who have a BMI, Body Mass Index, of 40 
or more — rated obese — has quadrupled between 
1986 and 2000." In fact there's a new medical 
classification, the ''super obese," 
people with a BMI of 50 or 
more. Now, one of every 400 
of us falls in that category. 
"Supersize me," indeed. (Check 
the box to figure your own BMI.) 



How did this happen to us? Bond sees 
several dominant factors that make us both 
victims and culprits of our own society. Cheap, 
fast convenience food and whopper 
portions have us mainlining 
calories in trans fats and high 
fructose corn syrup. Our col- 
lective shift to more 
sedentary work also 
has a huge impact. 
Even our leisure time 
is sedentary, with an 
explosion of computer and 
video games and netsurf- 
ing added to TV. 
Apathy is the 
other side of it. 
This transformation 
happened while too 
many of us just sat there. 
^ ''We believe the medical 

model will save us,'' 
Bond observes. 'T preach 
that personal responsibility 
is the key to good health.'' 

SPRING 17 2 5 


Dr. Madge Cerreto finds the right exercise for each client. 

America Needs an Attitude Adjustment 

According to VCU faculty and 
alumni, we are focusing too much 
on the wrong problem — weight 
loss — and not enough on the real 
issue of better health. 

"The role of obesity in hyperten- 
sion, diabetes, and coronary artery 
disease is thoroughly documented," 
says Bond. And it's an established 
risk factor for numerous other health 
problems. "We spend $100 billion 
annually, or six percent of direct 
health costs, on costs related 
to obesity." 

"The point is that people are 
not engaging in healthy behaviors," 
says Bond. "For the most part, as 
a society, we don't care about our 
health until it becomes a serious 
problem. But if you don't have your 
health, you can't do your work, or 
play with your children — all the 
things that are important to you." 

Binge dieters are always chasing 
that "thin" self. For sustainable 
change, accept the liberating 
concept that people naturally come 
in different body shapes and sizes. 
Lisa Brown-Applegate '95BS/ 
H&S has taught several kinds of 
fitness courses at the International 
Monetary Fund and now at Sports & 
Health in D.C. "Women in particular 
are fixated on that number on the 
scale," she says. "But they'll find 
when they exercise that their clothes 
fit better and they're not as tired." 

Calculate Your BMI 

Body mass index (BMI) is a rough measure of body fat based on height 
and weight that applies to both adult men and women. You can calculate 
your body mass using the following formula, or by looking up your height 
and weight on one of the many online BMI charts. 

BMI = [weight in pounds/height in inches^] x 703 

So, a person who weighs 220 pounds at6'3" has a BMI of 27.5. 

BMI Categories: 

• Underweight = <1 8.5 

• Normal weight =: 18.5-24.9 

• Overweight = 25-29.9 

• Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater 
» Super obese=BMI of 50+ 

"There's a stigma about weight," 
says Olympic trainer Pnie Connie 
'04/BS H&S. "That should be sec- 
ondary to exercise benefits such as 
more energy, feeling better and a 
stronger heart. Weight loss should 
be one benefit, not the reason 
for exercise." 

EZer Than You Think 

Dr. Madge Zacharias Cerreto '84/ 

MD could not agree more. Cerreto 
co-founded the Easterling-Zacharias 
Health Institute, a preventative 
health care center. "People join 
primarily for weight loss," she 
concedes, but her goal for patients 
is not weight loss but helping them 

understand how to eat and exercise 
correctly — and to keep on doing 
it for the rest of their lives, www. 

"Many of the popular diets have 
good components," says Cerreto. 
"It's not a bad idea to limit carbs or 
fats. But they are just that — diets, a 
temporary fb(. "They do not create 
a lifestyle change; and without 
that, long-term weight loss will not 
happen." Besides, Cerreto adds, 
"They all ignore the exercise part." 

As Americans obsess over weight 
loss and continually "diet" in short 
bursts, they are actually making it 
harder on themselves. "Chronic 
dieting causes metabolism to shut 
down," Cerreto explains. Even as 
the dieter eats less food, his starved 
metabolism is storing it as fat. With 
the Health Institute's EZ plan, a 
patient's eating habits are tailored 
to his specific health needs — to 
counter diabetes or heart disease, for 
example. People actually eat more 
food, but they eat the right types of 
food. Your body can metabolize and 
use consistent, healthful food, so 
your body loses weight. 

Cerreto left a successful career 
as a pediatrician, prompted by 
the explosion of lifestyle-induced 
diseases. She had developed a special 
passion for her teen patients and saw 
that "obesity in cfiildren is frighten- 
ing; yet there's so much we can do." 


(See TEENS, page 21.) Eventually she 
and her partner, former NFL player 
Ray Easterling, developed the Health 
Institute. "It's a true preventative 
program for health through exercise 
and nutrition for adults and teens." 

Through a 10-week program, 
Cerreto works closely with patients 
to create a lifestyle that works for 
them. Her holistic approach is 
appealing as well as healing. The 
Health Institute started 65 new 
members in November alone. 
Patients are delighted with their 
increased energy and trimmer look. 
To the physician, it's just beautiful to 
see diseases cut off at the root. "I've 
never achieved this degree of career 
satisfaction before," says a pleased 
and amazed Cerreto. 

Breaking the Time Barrier 

Ask 100 people why they don't 
exercise, and chances are every one 
of them will include time — or the 
lack of it — as a major barrier. Is this a 
real obstacle or an excuse? 

Bond has bad news for everyone 
who insists that time is a barrier to 
being active. If you are physically 
active, he says, you manage your 
stress better. This carries over to 
more alert mental processing, higher 
productivity, and sounder sleep. 
The bottom line is, "You increase 
your productivity and efficiency by 
exercising. You are actually sa\4ng 
yourself time." (This is one reason 
Bond thinks businesses should 
support health and fitness. Another 
is, "they could save tons of money 
in health premiums.") 

"It's a matter of pnority and 
it takes creative planning," urges 
Pamela Wiegardt, VCU assistant pro- 
fessor of exercise science, admitting 
that "if you put something in, you 
must take something out." 

Mark Bumside '97 MS/E, 
owner of Maramarc Fitness, agrees 
that "time is the biggest barrier. 
But you can still gain something 
in the time you have. People just 
need to be realistic in what they 
plan to accomplish." 

Running the Gamut 

Bumside started Maramarc "to create 
a place where people could learn 
the proper way to exercise, become 
healthier, and experience the success 
of accomplishing goals." His clients 
run the gamut from the novice who 
wants to begin an exercise program 
to the seasoned athlete who wants 
to take his performance to the next 
level. Maramarc offers a variety of 
fitness programs, including initial 
fitness assessments, weight training 
specifically for women, triathlon 
coaching, and Total Immersion 
Swimming, a method for teaching 
people to swim efficiently. 

Burnside says the emotional 
aspects of improved fitness are 
tremendous. "You have a sense of 
accomplishment and feel better 
about yourself." He should know. 
Last fall, Burnside participated in his 
tenth Ironman, the most challeng- 
ing triathlon distance. A 2.4 Mile 
swim is followed by a 112-mile bike 
ride, and finally a full marathon of 
26.2 miles. 

Nobody starts with an Ironman, 
and Maramarc has programs for 
beginners and middle-of-the-runners 
as well. "1 train them at every 

distance, whatever that is." A 10- 
week training regime gets people 
in shape for their first triathlon at 
sprint distance: 1/4 mile swim (8 
laps in a pool), a 12-mile bike ride, 
and a 3.1 -mile run/walk. In fact, 
Maramarc is the official coaching 
staff for the local AARP Triumph 
Classic Triathlon (sprint distance). 

Although a professional trainer 
should help you avoid injury he 
says, regular exercisers still run 
into glitches— pain, or just feeling 
stuck and joyless. "Strain happens," 
comments one runner dryly. "Vary 
your routine," answers Burnside. 
"The most common injury is from 
overuse." A different exercise uses a 
different set of muscles. "If you work 
out four days a week and always go 
to the elliptical, then you need to 
switch to a treadmill or a bike. If you 
run four days a week, try swimming 
or cycling a couple of days." 

And vary the intensity — "run 
uphill as well as on the flat — or just 
back off a little. You need to allow 
for recovery." The four components 
of physical health are body com- 
position, cardiovascular, muscle 
strength, and flexibility, he explains. 
Varying your exercise will develop all 
those aspects. 

"Vary your routine," says Mark Burnside (rigiit). 

SPRING 19 2 005 

Bill Ginther and his son Seth meet every day before worl< for a run or worl<out 

So, if you aren't doing some 
weight training, he says, you should 
be. "It increases lean muscle tissue, 
decreasing the percentage of body 
fat; it improves your endurance and 
strength for everyday activities. It's 
very important for preventing osteo- 
porosis. There's just no down side." 

After getting his degree in exer- 
cise science at VCU, Bumside taught 
in the department. "Now we bring 
student interns to Maramarc. My 
experience with VCU has been won- 

Women Get Moving 

Wiegardt researches motivation in 
sports and exercise. She finds that 
gender and emotional issues can also 
be barriers to exercise. In the not so 
distant past, it was not considered 
feminine to be active. "If 1 was a 
middle-aged woman and not active, 
it would be hard to start." 

Bumside meets women who that weight training, an 
essentia! hedge against osteoporosis, 
"is a lot of grunting and groaning" 
resulting in grotesque musculature. 

Things are improving, Wiegardt 
says. "We see more girls playing 
sports today but there's a high rate 
of drop out by their teens." 

Not Prue Cormie. The pragmatic 
Australian simply bypassed any 
hint that women don't do sports. 
She followed her evolving goals to 
Richmond and all the way to the 
Athens Olympics. As an undergradu- 
ate, she studied scientific principles 
of athletic performance, applying 
her class work on the soccer field 
playing for VCU. The University's 
Office of International Programs 
helped her set up a post-grad 
summer internship at the Olympic 
Training Center in Colorado. 

"My research project at the 
training center was a compara- 
tive study of two vaults," Cormie 
explains. "1 worked with the men's 
gymnastics team and collected data 
during their national team camp." 
The investigation broke down all the 
aspects of the vault and determined 
what contributed to a higher score. 
"We gave our results to the coaches 
and athletes for them to adjust 

individual technique to maximize 
scores." Cormie also worked with 
the men's volleyball, weightlifting, 
and heptathlon teams monitoring 
training adjustments. 

Cormie's work continued at the 
Olympics. "In Athens, 1 filmed and 
then analyzed performances using 
a powerful computer program, 
which allowed for the breakdown 
of technique. As with the vault 
study in Colorado, we used this 
information to help the athletes 
make last-minute adjustments in 
technique to fine-tune their perfor- 
mance at the games." 

Although Cormie's Olympics 
focus was on getting the job 
done, "just being involved in the 
Olympics, especially in its birth- 
place, was an incredible experience 
1 am extremely thankful for." She's 
now working toward an MS in 
exercise science at Appalachian State 
i University in North Carolina. 

Rewards of Resistance 

Sometimes our private demons rear 
their ugly heads to hold us back. 

Most of her life Jan Westbrook 
'82BS '90Med/E 'OIMA/H&S used 
food to comfort herself in times of 
stress or loneliness. "As a child, 1 was 
emotionally and physically abused 
by my mother. My Cherokee grand- 
parents took me when 1 was eight 
and raised me on an Indian reserva- 
tion. 1 was surrounded by lots of 
food, although it was not necessarily 
nutritious food. Food was always 
a comfort zone," she says. "1 was 
always, always heavier." 

In adulthood, the cycle contin- 
ued. She gained 50 pounds when 
she got man-ied. She ate when she 
was depressed, which caused her to 
feel worse about herself, so she ate 
even more. By 2001, she weighed 
364 pounds. "I'd even convinced 
myself that I didn't weigh this 
much. I actually believed I would 
wake up one day and it would all be 
gone. 1 created my own reality." She 
realizes now that she is addicted to 
food the way others are addicted to 
drugs or alcohol. 

"When we say we want to do 
something, but don't act," Wiegardt 


observes, "just hanging on to these 
ideas brings its own reward — 
whatever that is. Some people want 
to be overweight. They get to avoid 
a lot of situations." (If I'm thin, 
people will notice me; but notice 
equals abuse.) "The fear of failure 
is a tremendous motivator to do 
nothing." The fear of success can be 
even more powerful. 

Overcoming Inertia 

So what's the sedentary, possibly 
overweight adult to do? According 
to our experts, it's not nearly as hard 
as people assume. (Remember, the 
flip side of inertia is that a body 
in motion stays in motion.) Some 
simple changes can make a big dif- 
ference — physically and mentally. 

Start with goals, says Wiegardt. 
"We know people who set goals 
achieve." Athletes set more than 
outcome goals. They also set inter- 
mediate goals they can control, 
so they can achieve them — then 
outside barriers don't become an 
issue. "Start with little goals that you 
can control." 

For example, Wiegardt says, 
saying you want to lose 10 pounds 
is a bad goal. Instead, make a goal 
to eat breakfast four times a week, 
or to eat one less scoop of ice cream. 
"Every day, before you get out of 
bed, have a goal for that day and be 
sure you do it." 

Applegate started at VCU as a 
pre-physical therapy major, ultimate- 
ly graduating with a BS in psycholo- 
gy. So she understands both exercise 
and motivation. Make physical 
activity part of your daily routine, 
she says. "Take small baby steps. 
Start with 10 minutes and increase it 
by a few minutes each week." 

As you incorporate activity into 
your day-to-day life, you create a 
new habit for yourself. Applegate 
says it typically takes 21 days to 
make a habit. "If you get through 
that first month, you own that 
habit. Then you must decide if you 
want to stick with it. You've got a 
really good start." She adds, "Don't 
let a bad day throw you off." 

Both Burnside and Applegate 
recommend working periodically 





VCU's adolescent obesity 

program is T.E.E.N.S. — 

Teaching, Encouragement, 

Exercise, Nutrition and 

Support. Dr. Ronnie Evans, 

assistant professor in the 

Department of Exercise 

Science isthe director of 

T.E.E.N.S' exercise component 

He explains, "This program 

was designed as a health 

behavior modification program, not just a quick weight loss program." 

Dr. Joseph Laver, chair of pediatrics at VCU Health System, led a multi-disciplinary steering 
committee which developed T.E.E.N.S. to address the growing problem of adolescent obesity through 
collaborative treatment and research. The T.E.E.N.S. research team Includes pediatricians, psycholo- 
gists, nutritionists, endocrinologists, cardiologists and exercise physiologists. 

The grant-funded program Is open to boys and girls 1 1 to 18 who live within 30-mlles of VCU. The 
average age of participants is 14. To be eligible for T.E.E.N.S., a youth must be above the 95 percentile 
for body mass Index (BMI) for his age, and have a primary physician. VCU has enrolled its first 100 
children In the program and recently gained approval for the next round. 

The first step Is a complete physical assessment for the teen and an introduction to the program. 
Each participant and their parent or guardian meets with a member of the T.E.E.N.S. staff from each 
discipline. Then the entire family meets as a group with the exercise physiologist nutritionist and 
psychologist to set short-term goals. "Parental support is key to success In the program," says Evans. 
"If the parents aren't involved, Its hard for the kids to do this on their own." Parents provide Incentives 
and practical support like transportation and buying healthy foods. Their commitment strengthens 
their child's commitment to the program. "Parents are busy butthey make time,' says Evans. "They 
know they have to address this with their child." 

"The kids are excited when they start the program," he continues. "They recognize that they must 
do something to improve their health." Teens are required to come to VCU's Franklin Street Gym at 
least once a week to exercise with the T.E.E.N.S. exercise staff. "We encourage them to come to the 
gym more than once per week," and many do. Evans says T.E.E.N.S. Is setting up a partnership with 
the YMCA to offer kids more opportunities for exercise. Participants also meet every two weeks with 
the nutritionist and the behavioral counselor. 

Just as with adults, motivating kids to exercise can be a challenge. "We all like working with 
the youth population," says Evans. "We try to incorporate variation In our routines to keep the 
kids interested." 

The T.E.E.N.S. schedule Is Monday to Thursday 5:30-8 pm, or 9-nam Saturday morning. Besides 
fitting in with a parent's work schedule, "from our experience most of our participants have a history 
of being sedentary in the hours after school," says Evans, "so that's a prime time to try to increase 
their physical activity." 

One family has been driving in from Varina for their two daughters since June. They all agree, 
"It's a good program." Their dad is impressed with the preliminary battery of screening tests and the 
ongoing monitoring and meetings with the nutritionist Their mother says, "I can seethatthe choices 
they are making are different" 

Maria [names are changed], a pretty, shy, sweet 15-year-old, has met her first goal. "I don't drink 
sodas. Once you get used to It it's not hard." She's eating whole wheat bread, and smaller portions. 
Her current goal is to eat more dairy foods — "I have to get all my servings In. Milk is important for your 
bones," she explains. And now, "I work harder in gym class." She likes the treadmill at VCU, and vol- 
leyball and basketball at school. Since June, she has lost 10 pounds, and she's made changes that will 
make that permanent 

Her sister Sarah is 12. "Its going very easy," she says confidently. Differences? "I eat more veg- 
etables," especially broccoli. "Sometimes I race my brother (9) in pushups." Who wins? "Most 
of the time, he does," she smiles. (Maria comments that her sister Is still drinking sodas — "but she 
sees the difference now.") What would Sarah most like to get from the program? "Happiness. . ." she 
says hesitantly. More concretely, "I like rock climbing." After trying it in gym class at school, 
she wants to do more. 

T.E.E.N.S. is about changing lifestyle behaviors— kids becoming more physically active, making 
wise food choices, and being responsible for their own health. So what would Maria say now to her 
younger self? "Don't eat those potato chips in front of the TV. Get up and go walk somewhere." 

SPRING 21 2005 

with a personal trainer to keep you 
motivated (and uninjured). "Chose 
a trainer with national certification 
by the American Council of Exercise 
or the American College of Sports 
Medicine," says Applegate. Most 
health clubs have personal trainers — 
and the club has done the legwork 
to be sure the trainer is certified. 
Then it's a matter of finding a good 
personality fit." 

Do what you wanna, wanna do 

"The best exercise," Wiegardt says 
emphatically, "is anything you 
will do." So find something you'll 
enjoy — long walks, runs, or swims 
alone; palates or MuscleSculpt; rec 
league team volleyball or soccer; 
yoga or tai chi; or learn salsa with 
your favorite partner. (Hey, dancing 
is just sports with a beat.) 

"People should engage in 
physical activity that is fun," agrees 
Bond. Frame exercise differently, 
he says. Instead of focusing on the 
effort, "see it as an oppoitiinity for 
social interaction that can be fun. 
Exercise can also be a welcome "time 
out" from daily hassles or time alone 
to work through a problem. 

Clarinetist Roland Karnatz 
'OOMM is working on his doctorate 
at Louisiana State University. "At 
the moment my goal is simply to 
swim 1000 yards two or three times 
a week." Although it's much less 
than his fierce daily swims at VCU, 
it's still enough to keep him fit 
and energetic. 

"Sometimes," he admits, "I 
find it a real nuisance to stop my 
practice, get my swimming stuff 
and ride my bike across campus. I 
even sit on the edge of the pool not 
wanting to commit. Then suddenly I 
find myself half way up the lane and 
enjoying it!" 

Karnatz experiences swimming 
as an altered state. "The unique aural 
world, rhythmic motion, mental 
repetitiveness counting strokes, 
breaths and laps, the actual control 
and rhythm of breathing allow one 
to think on a different level, solve 
problems and somehow gain better 
perspective on things." And for the 
musician, "the physicality of moving 
outside the motions of playing the 
instrument five hours a day 'straight- 
ens things out.'" 

Keep It in the Family 

If some of your time pressure is 
family needs, Wiegardt suggests, 
"Take the kids with you." When you 
are the role model, they will accept 
a healthy lifestyle as a given. Bond 
suggests working out with someone 
else, "so you are responsible to both 
to yourself and another person. If 
motivation is a problem, exercise 
before you come home from work." 
VCU Alumni Association president 
Bill Ginther '69BS '74MS/B and his 
son have a family buddy system — 
with a twist. 

Four years ago 27-year-oId Seth 
Ginther, a runner himself, was con- 
cerned about his 53-year-old dad's 

health and convinced Bill that they 
could exercise together before work. 
They work out together three days a 
week for cardiovascular exercise; two 
days of weight training. They meet 
at the gym at 6:30 a.m., exercise for 
30-45 minutes, and have breakfast 
before Bill heads to SunTrust where 
he is corporate executive vice presi- 
dent: retail line of business manager; 
Seth is senior assistant attorney 
general for Virginia. 

"I had never lifted weights 
before and at first I was sore," Bill 
remembers. "Having a partner 
pushes you to the next level — 'let's 
add 5 lbs; let's go a little bit farther 
today." And, Seth puts in, "If one of 
us doesn't show, we know we'll be 
getting the call at work ribbing us 
about 'wimping out.'" 

They enjoy seeing each other 
meet fitness goals. Bill's cholesterol 
levels are lower — "all my important 
numbers are better. And I feel sig- 
nificant differences in strength and 
endurance." Like VCU's exercising 
T.E.E.N.S. (sidebar). Bill finds himself 
adding bits of exercise throughout 
his day. "I take the stairs, not the 
escalator. I aijoy walking through the 
Atlanta airport. I park farther away — 
it's easier to find a space, too." 

There's another obvious benefit. 
"I feel fortunate that we actually 
meet every day," Bill says. "It's been 
a great way to spend some quality 
fime with my dad," says Seth. "Even 
better is the time we spend at break- 
fast just catching up on what is 
going on in each other's lives." 

Extreme Measures 

In collaboration with Dr. Eric 
HeMaria, chair of surgery at the 
VCU Health System, Bond works 
with patients who have had gastric 
bypass surgery. This operation may 
be performed on people with a 
BMI over 40. These morbidly obese 
people tend to be more than 100 
pounds overweight. "In simplest 
terms," he explains, "we are shrink- 
ing the size of the stomach." The 
surgery restricts food intake by 
creating a small stomach pouch, 
and it reduces the ability to absorb 
nutrients from food by constructing 


bypasses of segments of the small 
intestine. This is a sudden, drastic 
change that can't be maintained 
without some equally huge lifestyle 
changes. Patients must follow a strict 
nutritional regimen after surgery. 
Deviations could cause severe 
post-surgery problems. Bond helps 
patients learn those new habits. 

What drives someone to consider 
such drastic measures? Bond says 
this is someone who has tried every- 
thing and is still totally hindered in 
daily activities. In medical terms, 
this patient has so many co-mor- 
bidities (associated serious health 
problems) that his life is in danger. 

In 2001, high school history 
teacher Jan Westbrook was a 
prisoner in her own body. At 364 
pounds, she was confined to a 
wheelchair, with both knees out of 
commission from arthritis. During 
the school day, Westbrook says, she 
could not even leave her classroom 
all day to use the restroom — it was 
on another floor. "I had tried every 
diet known to man," she remem- 
bers, her frustration audible. At 
one point, she managed to drop 
her weight to 200 pounds, only to 
gain it all back. Westbrook also had 
stomach ulcers, a potentially fatal 
condition that eventually saved 
her life. 

In January 2002, Westbrook 
had gastric bypass surgery to treat 
her ulcers. She didn't realize at first 
that this surgery would also lead 
to massive weight loss. By Easter 
she had lost 60 pounds. In July, 
Westbrook had both knees replaced. 
Her weight kept dropping. 

By the end of the year, she was 
down 100 pounds; and by the end 
of 2003, she weighed 161 pounds, a 
healthy weight she has maintained 
ever since. "I can go up and down 
the stairs, now," she exclaims. "You 
have no idea how exciting this is 
for me!" Along the way, Westbrook 
went from a size 32 to a size 12. 

Westbrook's major motivation for 
the surgery is her son, Andrew David. 
"Knowing that to continue my 
former lifestyle would shorten my 
life, and I probably would never live 

Now, Jan Westbrook can take walks with her 

to see my son graduate from VCU, 
marry and have children is the real 
motivation for my perseverance." 
Andrew is a sophomore planning to 
transfer to VCU next year. "I thank 
God every day I did it." 

After gastric bypass surgery, 
patients can experience dramatic 
improvements in health and 
quality of life. "With weight loss, 
there is a significant decrease in 
co-morbidity," says Bond. "These 
related health problems tend to 
resolve themselves to the extent 
that they are no longer a threat. 
Bond says patients describe this 
surgery life transforming, and speak 
of themselves as being reborn. 
"They literally have the weight 
taken off their shoulders." 

Westbrook could not agree more. 
Although "it's still a constant, day- 
to-day battle, and I could put the 
weight back on," the surgery was 
well worth it. "I couldn't get here 
by myself; but now that I am, I'll 
never go back. The surgery was a 
lifesaver in more than one way. In 
many ways I thank God I got to live 
long enough to go through this and 
become the person I've become." 

Your Choice 

The weight loss has affected every 
aspect of Westbrook's life, including 
how she sees herself. "I don't recog- 
nize myself sometimes," she laughs, 
remembering the time she caught a 
glimpse of her reflection and turned 
around to see who was behind her. 

granddaughter, Gentry. 

The physical, emotional and 
economic consequences of an 
unhealthy lifestyle are profound. 
Healthy behavior, say VCU alumni 
and faculty, brings an improvement 
in quality of life so compelling that 
it should motivate all of us to take 
small steps to change what we can. 

"People have no idea how much 
they can do through preventive 
care," Cerreto insists. "Society is used 
to a quick fix for things. Our bodies 
take daily maintenance. Put it into 
your lifestyle and make it as impor- 
tant as your career." 

"We must take responsibility 
for our health," Bond says. Your 
responsibility to yourself is like your 
relationship to a spouse: you must 
constantly work at it and make it a 
priority. "Everything else you value 
in life can be taken away if your 
health deteriorates." 

"You are denying yourself a life," 
says the "new" Jan Westbrook. "If 
there's anyway you can change or 
modify your life, do it and do it 
every day. Say to yourself, 'Today, 
I can do this.' You do not under- 
stand what you are missing until 
you begin to get it back. Then you 
wonder why you waited so long." 

Kathleen Hall has nin 13 Marathons; 
she finished tenth among women 
and first in her age group in the '99 
Richmond Marathon (3:14). She is 
head of her own public relations finn, 
Marathon Marketing, LLC. 

SPRING 23 2 S 



Up before dawn or running after 
sunset, VCU alumni athletes stretch 
their days to train for off-road 
triathlons, marathons and epic 
backpacking treks. 


Awake at 4:15 am, out the door by 
4:30 for a ten-mile run, home by 
6 to get ready for work, on the job 
at 7:30. This is how Crystal Evans 
'02BS/En fits marathon training 
around her job as a Chemical 
Engineer for DuPont. On weekends 
this fall, she ran long distances with a 
Richmond Marathon training group; 
the group plans the route and offers 
snacks and drinks along the way. 

What she likes most about 
running is "the alone time, time 
to think and to plan. I used to 
teach aerobics, and I was a personal 
trainer. It got boring, it got easy. 
1 have a love/hate relationship 
with running because it never gets 
easy." In addition to her morning 
run, her evening training includes 
swimming twice a week, mountain 
biking once a week, and a Thursday 
night track workout. 

Evans was hoping "to beat four 
hours in the Marathon; but even if I 
beat last year's time by one minute, 
I'll be happy." She is very happy, 
coming in at 3:51, slicing a hefty 29 
minutes off last year's 4:20. 

She trained hard for her first 
triathlon, with "two hard core 
mountain bikers at work." The three 
practiced once or twice a week, in 
Richmond's James River and Forest 
Hill Parks. "Going uphill on a 

mountain bike, my legs are shaking, 
my quads are killing me. Other 
times, it's easier." Evans is no thrill- 
seeker, she says. "When it's scary, 1 
cut back on the intensity." 

By race time at Richmond's 
Riverside Wellness Center, those 
legs were sturdy. "I need to get 
better with my swimming, but 
on my bike and run 1 did great." 
Evans is training now for her third 
marathon, the Shamrock, at Virginia 
Beach in March. 


Steve Barley '79MS/B is another 
early riser. He meets with the Seal 
Team Training group every weekday 
morning at 5:45 am for a one-hour, 
military-style workout that includes 
running through Richmond city 
parks, pushups, sit-ups and other 
no-frills exercises. "I started with 
Seal Team about a year ago because 
my doctor told me to get into 
shape — basically, to stop being a 
sloth. 1 lost forty pounds and then 
started running." He's training 
with a group for two fall classics: 
the Marine Corps Marathon in 
Washington, DC and the Richmond 
Marathon. After that, he'll compete 
in a 50K (31 -mile) race. 

"\ ran a lot competitively in my 
thirties during the '80s," including 
Boston and New York marathons. 
"Then I got involved in my kids' 
activities and mostly gave it up." 
Now that his sons are 15 and 19, 
"they don't want me around all the 
time so much," he laughs. So Barley 
has rediscovered running. 


Barley owns several staffing firms 
in the Richmond area, giving him 
schedule flexibility to train. He adds 
a solitary run in the evenings to the 
group workouts in the morning. 
"I'm competitive by nature. 1 love 
the physical and mental challenges 
that long distance running provides. 
You have a limited amount of ener- 
gy, and you have to mete it out to do 



the best you can. Marathons are like 
a puzzle; you have to manage your 
resources to finish." 

"Plus," he continues, "you have 
to stay healthy to do well. I think my 
kids probably benefit more now from 
my example of a lifestyle of fitness 
than from my direct involvement." 


"I'm an outdoors person, not a 
gym person," Raby Maida Savage 
BA/H&S says definitively. She keeps 
9-to-3 hours at her own Los Angeles 
recruiting and corporate staffing 
company, so she has time for volun- 
teer work and walking or running 
in the afternoon. "Griffith Park 
downtown has hundreds of acres. 1 
love the feeling of being out in the 
fresh air." She combines interests by 
running marathons to raise money. 

She plans to run the 2006 Los 
Angeles Marathon to raise money 
for the Witmer Street Development 
Corporation, a family-run founda- 
tion set up in her mother's will. "Our 
slogan is 'we house you, finance you, 
and send you to work,'" says Savage. 
"We develop multi-income housing 
for sale and provide financing. Job 
placement is available from entry 
level through executive positions." 

Running healed Savage. 
Diagnosed with heart murmur at 
25, she started running. By the time 
she was 27, the heart murmur was 
gone. "1 started preparing for my 
first marathon at the age of 44 and 
completed the Chicago Marathon. 
1 raised $3,000 for AIDS research. It 
is my favorite event so far, because 
the people along the route were 
so helpful and encouraging with 
cheers long after the elite runners 
had finished." 

Walking and running appeal to 
Savage because "1 have a beginning 
and an end, something that I can 
achieve." And there's that "adrena- 
line rush even after just one mile 
of fast walking. I walk one to three 
miles every day, even on my 'rest 
day' and 1 do yoga every day for 
relaxation and stretches." Savage 
uses the "Galloway method" with 
her training, alternating running 
and walking to allow muscles to 

recover. She might run five minutes, 
then walk one minute, for thirty to 
sixty minutes. Her firm encourage- 
ment to would-be runners is, "No 
age, no size, no excuse." 


After running on the track team 
at VCU, Becky Bashton '01 BS/B 

wanted to keep competing, but felt 
burned out on running alone. She 
tried mountain biking, which even- 
tually led her to off-road triathlons. 
She won the women's amateur event 
in the Richmond Xterra Triathlon 
in 2002, 2003 and 2004, with times 
faster than some pro women. "If 
1 can do well on the bike section, 
that's fifty percent of the race," 
explains Bashton. "To train for 
Xterra, 1 do a lot of mountain bike 
races during the year for intensity 
training." Xterra is her favorite event 
because "It's mostly on trails with 
natural obstacles. It's unexpected, 
adventurous and exciting." 

"On the bike, I'm always looking 
ahead to see the next obstacle — it's 
fast, it's more fun, and takes my 
mind off the pain. I've got the 
burn from pedaling so fast that my 
forearms and hands get tired on the 
downhill sections." Running, when 
her heart rate is highest, "is always 
the hardest." 

Swimming, she says, "is more 
like golf. It requires a lot more skill 
if you want to swim fast and not 
waste all your energy and feel like 
you're going to drown. There are key 
basics that are easy to master and 
help a ton," Bashton says. The secret 
is "drills, drills, drills," to encode 
correct form into muscle memory. 

In training, she adds, "you 
can't just swim every day for 30 
to 90 minutes and think you will 
get better." To keep the stroke 
from deteriorating with fatigue, 
swimmers must include intervals 
of rest— for Bashton a "rest" is 20 
seconds — between fast, 100-meter 
sprint-swims. Another eye keeps 
skills sharp to swim effectively, so 
Bashton finds coaching in a masters' 
swim class at the Y. 

Even good swimmers can panic 
in the "crazy" mass start of a triath- 

lon when everyone dives in at once. 
"You're in this muddy river, and 
people are hitting you and kicking 
your head; and I'm thinking, 'Why 
am I doing this?' If you don't calm 
down and focus on form, you can 
go anaerobic (breathless) and have 
to bob your head up and do breast 
stroke (slowing you down). Bashton 
coaches herself: "'Pull-through,' 
'reach' — all these form reminders." 

Weight-training, pilates, cycling, 
swimming and running make up 
a typical training week. "Brick" 
workouts help with triathlon tran- 
sitions by combining two of the 
three disciplines. 

Triathlons run in the family. 
Bashton's sister, mother and father 
race together. "Dad had to sit out 
in 2004 because of an injury, but 
we all did the Richmond Xterra 
last year." Bashton has also had her 
share of time off because of injury. "I 
injured my knee from overuse when 
I pushed harder in Xterra than I 
trained for." Because of her amateur 
success in off-road triathlons, she 
hopes to turn pro someday; "but I 

SPRING 25 2005 

have this injury that won't let me 
move forward." She will give her 
knee a rest for a year. "My friends 
keep teUing me I'm young— 26 — and 
it's okay to take time off for my 
knee." For now, Bashton is in the 
pool two to five times a week, per- 
fecting her stroke. 


Randy Wendell '92MS/H&S spent 
ten days backpacking California's 
High Sierras last summer, and plans 
a three-week trip on the range's 
John Muir Trail next summer. 
"Hiking is really personal, spiritual, 
for me," he says, "1 just love being 
in the woods." 

He loves it so much that he 
challenged himself to complete 
Maryland's 40 miles of the 
Appalachian Trail in a one-day event 
sponsored by the Mountain Club of 
Maryland. "I finished in ten and a 
half hours. Some parts I jogged, but 
it's a little hilly At mile 30 or 35, 1 
really started to feel it. 1 was com- 
pletely exhausted by the end, sore all 
over, blisters on my feet. Definitely 
the hardest event I've ever done." He 
trained with day hikes in Virginia's 
mountains with a heavy pack, 
covering 15 to 20 miles. 

Running and cycling keep 
Wendell fit for mountain pursuits. 
He finished the 100-mile Great 
Peanut Ride in southeastern Virginia 
last summer. He was ready for the 
Chicago marathon with a good 
strategy to pace himself through the 
race. "Unfortunately 1 did the exact 
opposite in execution. 1 got caught 

up in the excitement and crowd 
(40,000 runners and over 1,000,000 
spectators) and ran my first 20 miles 
much too fast— a common rookie 
mistake." The final painful, slow 
six miles brought him in at 4:14, 
"a good 15 minutes slower than 1 
had trained for. 1 wanted to redeem 
myself at the Richmond marathon, 
but 1 gave up on that because of pain 
in my shins. My body needed rest." 

Like most marathon runners, 
Wendell runs different paces and 
distances during the week, with his 
long run on the weekend. He cross- 
trains with weightlifting, swimming, 
cycling, hiking and yoga. "1 quickly 
grow stale on anything 1 do repeat- 
edly, so 1 need a variety of activities." 

Wendell recently started 
swimming, with an eye toward a 
mini or sprint triathlon. As "very 

much a beginner, I spend most of my 
time staring at the floor of the pool," 
concentrating on strokes and breath- 
ing. "It can feel tedious," he admits. 
But it's "a total body workout, and 
without the pounding of mnning! 
And it's nice not drenching my body 
and clothes with sweat." 

Running is not without pain 
for Wendell. "1 can feel my ham- 
strings tighten on longer runs. After 
about 17 miles or so, my legs are 
really, really tight." And instead 
of those endorphins pushing him 
into a runner's high, Wendell finds 
himself thrumming into runner's 
rage. "When 1 run, I'm really angry; 
1 think about everything bad that's 
ever happened to me. But when I'm 
done, 1 feel fine, like I've exorcised 
the demons." He reflects, "Hiking 
and backpacking will probably 
always be my favorite activities 
because of their peace and solitude." 


"I like to stay active, and 1 like the 
outdoors. I'm a project manager for 
Dominion in IT; a six-mile run allows 
my mind to clear and gives me time 
to think through a problem," says 
Mark Lackey '75BS/B. 

When the 52-year-old Lackey 
fractured his foot training for the 
Richmond Marathon, he took up 
mountain biking. ("Cycling is what 
happens to injured runners.") He 


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was training for a long mountain 
bike ride in Peru when he fell 
off, separating his shoulder and 
breaking a rib. "It's been a bad 
training season for injuries," he 
understates — but still par for the 
course, he figures. "Anyone who 
exercises is going to get hurt now 
and then. It's no big deal." 

The compensations are extraordi- 
nary. "I have the peace and solitude 
of new places." He's run through 
20 states, sea to shining sea, on the 
25-day Ocean to Ocean trip from 
Orange County, CA, to Savannah, 
GA. I've run through New Orleans; 
run through feed lots in Texas; past 
oil pumps in Oklahoma, through 
lava fields in Albuquerque. From a 
bike, you can see tarantulas on the 
road in Las Vegas — ^you can't see that 
from a car" 

Lackey plans to run the Boston 
Marathon in April. Then to Denver 
in June for the aptly named Moun- 
tain Madness, a two-week, 1,200- 
mile cycling trip on the highest 
paved road in the country, criss- 
crossing the Continental Divide 
at 10,000-13,000 feet. "Not for the 
faint of heart," Lackey comments, in 
a dry double-entendre. "Eighty-four 
thousand feet of climbing," he adds 
with perverse satisfaction. "I'm really 
looking forward to that ride." 


"I've always run," says Deirdre Joy 
'96MS/H&S, a researcher at NIH. 
"I remember excelling at the Presi- 
dential Fitness patch in sixth grade." 

Joy rowed for the Virginia Boat 
Club while at VCU, but began 
running seriously during her 
doctoral program at the University 
of Vermont. Like Barley, she finds 
long races compelling. "Any 
marathon is my favorite event. 
There are a lot of different stages 
within each race. It's more interest- 
ing to me than a short race because 
of the endurance factor. 

She runs any kind of race includ- 
ing grueling 50-milers. "I ran the 
JFK 50-miler, a trail run on the 
Appalachian Trail and the C&O 
Canal towpath. I also completed 
the Bull Run Run 50-miler, another 
trail run. It was a long day," she 
comments. "It took me over twelve 
hours and seemed to go on forever." 

But even shorter distances can 
be difficult. Joy hit the route for a 
recent half-marathon fueled only 
by a glazed donut for breakfast. Big 
mistake. "I was cruising along just 
fine until mile five when 1 bonked — 
completely ran out of energy. Mostly 
1 was dizzy, which seemed like an 
especially bad idea on a trail run. I 

gutted it out and finished, though 
my several near falls probably 
startled a few runners." 

Joy works her training schedule 
around her four-year-old daughter's 
schedule, running at lunchtime. 
Leaving her research lab at the 
National Institutes of Health, 
she hits the streets and trails of 
Bethesda, Maryland. She commutes 
and runs errands by bicycle. On 
weekends, she finds time for one 
long run. Once or twice a week, she 
also does Bikram Yoga, a kind of 
extreme yoga at 105 degrees F, to 
complement running. "It's really 
great for stretching and good for 
lower back strengthening." 

Our alumni runners, cyclists, 
and hikers are both driven and 
drawn to make a big place in their 
lives for their sport. Yes, they are 
competitive, at least against them- 
selves. But all of them attest to the 
pull of action, the poetry in moving. 
"I just like to be in motion," Joy 
reflects. "It's a kind of meditation 
for me, a good stress reliever." 

Mary Reynolds is a mountain biker who 
also does triathlons, fitdng training in 
around her job in community develop- 
ment for the State of Virginia. 

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*Member of the VCU Alumni Association 


*Warren Belts '57BS/B '59IV1HA is a 

member of tine Ainad Slirine Temple in 
Missouri and gives tours at the Saint 
Louis Unit Shriners Hospital. *Sarah 
Blakemore-Dmmmond '50BFA is owner 
of Drummond Interiors in Winter Park, FL 
where she lives. 


*John Bowles '67BS/SW is a surveillance 
officer at the Department of Corrections in 
Martinsville, VA. = Edward Flippen '65BS/B 
was nominated by President Bush to be 
inspector general for the Corporation for 
National and Community Service. He is a 
partner at McGuire woods LLP in Richmond. 

• Charles McSwain '69BS/H&S is owner 
of a real estate business in Philadelphia. 

• Paul Rollison '696S/B is president of 
Perimeter Access System Services in 
Conyers, GA. 


Thomas Abernethy '78BS/E teaches special 
education at New Kent High School near 
Richmond. *Thomas Askew '77MBA is 

vice president with Renaissance Resources 
in Richmond. *Kathleen Barrett 71 BS 
'73MS/B is CEO of the Greater Richmond 
Chapter of the American Red Cross. 
She is also a VCU adjunct professor of 
public administration and a member of 
the School of Business Alumni Board. 

• Jeffrey Berman '74BFA is a managing 
partner with Berman Kappler Properties, 
LLC in McLean, VA. Alan Biehl 76BFA 
is a technical support specialist for Qwest 
Communications in Colorado. Wilsie 
Bishop 70BSW 79MS/N is dean of the 
College of Public and Allied Health at 
EastTennessee State University. Jean 
Bivins 77BS/E is a professor at VCC in 
Orlando, FL where she lives. *Margaret 
Brauer 72BS/B is an executive assistant 
at SunTrust Bank in Richmond. She lives 
in Glen Allen, VA. John Cason 78BS/B 
is the plant manager at Kellwood. He lives 
in Merida, VA. C. Mac Coiner 75MS/B 
wrote a book titled Chairman of Your Board: 
Ten Strategies to Run "You Inc." Jeremy 
Conway 78BFA was production designer 
for broadcast of the 2004 Summer Olympics 

in Athens. -■ Sandra Curry 71BS/B directs 

the Mentorship Program for Waynesboro 
City VA Public Schools. • *Ron Downing 
77BS/H&S is assistant vice president and 
seniorfinancial advisor for Merrill Lynch- 
The Downing Group in Roanoke, VA. ° 
*James Fox 73AA 74BS 77I\/IS/H&S was 
appointed chief of police for the City of 
Newport News, VA. He had been assistant 
chief of the Henrico County VA Police 
Department for 30 years. ' LynnGarmew 
70BS/B is director of finance for Computer 
Sciences Corporation in Falls Church, VA. - 
Robin Gregory 79BFA owns Gregory Design 
in Asheville, NC. - *Kathleen Henley 
70BS/H&S is the information technology 
manager for the Virginia Department of 
Transportation. » Susan Holland 79BME 
married Gary Ellis '85C/B on July 24, 2004. 
They live in Midlothian, VA. » *PaulJaber 
78BS/B is the executive vice president 
of mortgage operations for First South 
Bank. •' *Sandra Johnson 70BS/H&S 
75MS/AH is a state recruitment manager 
for the VA Department of Human Resource 
Management. She lives in Providence 
Forge, VA. *Stephen Jones 75BS/B is 
a principal HRMS analyst at Philip Morris 
USA Inc. '• Larry Kent 77BIVI is a music 
director at Florida Pro Musica in Tampa 
where he lives. > *Katherine Lipscomb 
75BS/E is an instructional assistant for 
Chesterfield County VA Public Schools at 
Bellwood Elementary. She was a substitute 
teacher with the County for 29 years. " 
Deborah Long-Smith 72BS/B is a teacher 
with Loudoun County VA Schools. • *Ann 
Maddux 76BS/B 78MBA is a senior evalu- 
ator with the U.S. Army Evaluation Center 
in Alexandria, VA. = Kathleen McBlair 
71BFA is director of catalog services for in Virginia Beach, VA. • 
Judith Nelson 71MS/SW was named a 
Woman of Distinction by the Hollywood 
Chamber of Commerce in May, 2004. She is 
president and CEO of Hollygrove Children 
and Family Services in Los Angeles. ' 
Martha O'Malley 75BS/E is a program 
analyst for the EPA in Washington, DC. She 
lives in Alexandria, VA. '■ Dora Parsons 
70BFA78MAE is a district educational 
technologist for the U.S. Department of 
Defense Dependents Schools. She lives in 
Orange Beach, AL Kermit Payne 74BFA 
is a managing partner at iSm, LLC in Atlanta, 
where he lives. » Doug Pratt 78MSW is 
president of Policy-Practice Resources 
in Atlanta. *James Rhodes 72BS/E is a 
recreation therapy specialist at South Texas 
Veterans Health Care System, where he 
was employee of the year for 2003-04. 
*Thomas Rorrer III 77BS/B works for E&E 
Plumbing and Heating in Stuarts Draft, VA. 
He lives in Waynesboro, VA. Christine 

Saum 79BFA is director of Urban Design 
and Plan Review for the National Capital 
Planning Commission in Washington, D.C. 
" David Schwemer 73MSW is director of 
patient care at Danville Regional Medical 
Center in Danville, VA. " *Judith Spindler 
77MEd was featured in "Who's Who in 
America" in 2000 and 2005 along with 
"Who's Who in the South and Southwest" 
(1993), "Who's Who in the World" (1999), 
"Who's Who of American Women" (2000), 
and is a member of America's Registry 
of Outstanding Professionals. ^ Sylvia 
Stewart '74BS/H&S is an office manager 
at State Farm Insurance in Staunton, VA 
where she lives. * *Southall Stone 71 BS/B 
is the property claims division vice presi- 
dent for Markel Corporation in Glen Allen, 
VA *JosephTerry'70BS/B'72MEdisa 
library media specialist at George Mason 
Elementary School in Richmond. 


William Alston '88BS/H&S is a scientific 
group administrator at The Wistar Institute 
in Philadelphia where he lives. » Sean 
Athey '83BS/B is general manager for 
Scientific Games International in Maryland. 
' Lisa Austin's '84BFA provocative art 
installation, "epiphany," at Georgetown 
University in November, explored time and 
memory. = Suzanne Barr '85BS/B owns 
Azure Sky Resources in Charleston, SC. • 
Karen Batalo '82MS/B is a public relations 
consultant at Karen A. Batalo Marketing 
and Public Relations. • *DennisBaugh 
'72BS '85MS/H&S is a training specialist 
for the Iowa Department of Corrections 
in Des Moines, lA. He lives in Manson, 
lA. Chris Beakey '85BS/MC is vice 
president of Widmeyer Communications 
in Washington D.C. « Rick Berger '82PhD/ 
H&S is president of Innovative Software 
Design in San Antonio, TX. <> DebraBias 
'86BS/B is a tech service manager at 
Flint Ink Corp. in Richmond. She lives in 
Goochland, VA. » Thomas Bradstreet 
'86BS/B is a system coordinator for Bel Air 
Lumber Inc. in Bolton, Ontario. ' Gisele 
Bullock '83B '87MME is a music special- 
ist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. 
' Mary Caperton'86BS/H&S married 
Randolph Reynolds Jr. on September 4, 
2004. *Susan Cheyne '77BFA and *Lee 
Tyson '87BA '92MURP/H&S were married 
on November 1, 2003. She is a psycho- 
therapist and partner with James River 
Psychotherapy in Richmond. He is the 
code administration manager for Henrico 
County, VA, Planning. They live in New 
Kent County, VA. ° Stephen Chovanec 
'76BFA '86MFA is principal of Design 
Plane in Corvallis, OR. Elizabeth Clifton 
'88BSW and Neal Holsapple '95BS/B 


were married October 1, 2004. • Carole 
Cohen '86BS/H&S '89MSW married David 
Wallis on November 13, 2004. Tliey live 
in IVlechanicsville, VA. • Walt Connelly 
'80BFA is the executive creative director 
for McCann Ericl<son in San Francisco. • 
Susan Cooke '89MPA/H&S is director of 
research at Davidson College in Davidson, 
NC. » Tom Daniel '87MFA recently had 
work in an exhibition at the International 
Center of Photography in NYC. He is a VCU 
faculty member in the Department of Film 
and Photography. Tom won "The Gold" in 
the New York Regional ADDY Campaign. 
" *Glenn Davis '86BS/B is president/CEO 
of BranCore Technologies, LLC. BranCore 
received the 2004 Entrepreneur of the 
Year Award from the Virginia Minority 
Supplier Development Council. « Lorna 
DeShay '89BFA is a marketing coordinator 
for Central Michigan University. « Diana 
Detamore s '75BFA '80MFA work was part 
of an international exhibition. Drawing 
from Women, held in Doha, Qatar in May, 
2004. " Stacy Edwards '87BS/AH married 
Douglass Duff on September 25, 2004. ■» 
Marcus England '83BS/B is a senior budget 
analyst with the National Archives and 
Records Administration in College Park, 
MD. • Kelly Fisk '85BS/MC is an office 
manager for AP Grappone and Sons in 
Richmond. • *Cirk Foxwell '85BS '86C/B 
is a computer systems engineer for the 
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in 
Richmond. • Charles Friend '81 BS/H&S 
is a special agent in charge forthe United 
States Secret Service in Washington, D.C. 
• Hunter Frischkorn III '82C/B married 
Stacie Newman on April 24, 2004. They live 
in New York City. ' Susan Garnett-Spears 
'89BM is employed with the Fredericksburg, 
VA Regional Chamber of Commerce. * 
Catherine George '88BA/H&S is chair of 
theology at Saint Gertrude High School in 
Richmond. • *Laura Giannitrapani '80BFA 
is manager of Graphics Consulting at 
Boston University. • Stephen Harms 
'82MSW was appointed deputy secretary 
of Finance by Governor Mark Warner. 
He had been deputy secretary of Health 
and Human Resources. « *Donita Harper 
'86BS/B is interim director of the City of 
Richmond Department of Public Utilities. 
She had been deputy director of administra- 
tion. • Laura Hunt '87BFA gave birth to her 
first child, Tyler, on July 6, 2003. She is the 
Eastern regional manager for Perry Ellis 
International. She lives in Arlington, VA, 
with Tyler and her husband Scott. «■ Cassia 
Jenkins '84BFA is director of interiors for 
Moseley Architects in Richmond. • *Kevin 
Johnson '83BS/B is founder of Writing for 
the Lord ministries in Clarksville, MD and 
host of Give God the Glory! broadcast on 
"Voice America." He has written a nine 
book series called "Give God the Glory!" 
' » Lee Jones '80BA/H&S is a director of 
promotion services at Gypsum Associates 
in Washington, DC. He lives in Falls Church, 
VA. • Russell Keller Jr'87BS/B married 
Alison Bartel on September 25, 2004. They 

"Let the love of learning rule humanity!' 

VCU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor 

Society named three distinguished alumni 

for 2004. Kelli Hailey '99BSW is director 

of the Mathews/Middlesex Victim/Witness 

Program, which provides services to victims 

and witnesses of violent crimes. David 

Williams '85MFA/A '86MS/H&S is an independent filmmaker; his film Lillian 

won a Special Jury Award for Distinction at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. 

Tom Snead '76BS/B is co-chair with his wife Vickie of the Campaign for VCU (see 

page 7), a member of VCU's Board of Visitors, and president of Anthem Blue Cross & 

Blue Shield-Southeast Region. 

Installed in 1976, VCU's Phi Kappa Phi chapter invites 675 people a year to 
membership and has awarded more than $275,000 in scholarships since 1992. 

live in Richmond. • William Lloyd '88MS/ 

H&S is an associate professor of computer 
science at State University of West Georgia. 
James Maguire '81 BS/H&S is a senior 
scientist for Analytics Labs in Richmond. • 
John Martin '84MBA owns Southeastern 
Institute of Research in Richmond. ' 
Lucinda McDermott's '83BFA play. Feeding 
on Mulberry Leaves, premieres in July 
at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. 
The play won the Festival of Appalachian 
Plays and Playwrights 2004. • Polly Miller 
'82BS/B is a member and treasurer of 
the Central Virginia Chapter of the CPCU 
Society. She is an underwriter for W.A. 
Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group in Richmond. 
« Daniel Moody '81 BS/H&S works for 
Moody and Shea, PA. in Largo, FL where 
he lives. » Juanita Moorehead '82BS/B 
is a controller with CCA Industries, Inc. in 
Richmond. She lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 
^ *Robert Neale '80BS/B is director of the 
VCU Computer Center. » Helen O'Boyle 
'88BS/H&S '88BS/B is a programmer and 
writer for Volt Technical in Redmond, WA. 
o Laura O'Grady '77BS/B '81 MBA is senior 
vice president of Advertising and Marketing 
for S&K Famous Brands. » Irene Jessee 
Perry '80BFA, an artist and art teacher 
for over 40 years, with solo exhibitions 
throughout Virginia. The Agora Gallery in 
New York exhibited her vibrant paintings 
celebrating life cycles of the natural world, 
Jan. 27-Feb. 16. • Treva Perry '87BS/B is 
an accountant at the Virginia Treatment 
Center for Children. She lives in Richmond. 

• Patricia Person '86BS/P is a clinical 
pharmacist with Franklin Regional Medical 
Center in Louisburg, NC. • Keith Reynolds 
'84MBA is senior vice president of com- 
mercial services in the southeast region 
for LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc. ' 
Terry Ridley '81MURP/H&S is a partner 
with Hunt, Hamlin, and Ridley in Newark, 
NJ. » James Robb '84BFA is the lead visu- 
alization artist with Ballou Justice Upton 
Architects. He lives in Richmond. ■' *Susan 
Roschke '89MURP is a senior planner for 
TEC Engineering, Inc. in Cincinnati. - Joan 
Sabau '80BS/H&S married Lee Turner on 
August 21, 2004. » Pradeep Sekhri '83MS/B 
is president of Welspring Universal in New 
Delhi, India. • *James Skinner '86BA/H&S 
married Sylvia Fulford on June 26, 2004. He 
is a teacher in Richmond Public Schools. 

• *Bryan Small '82BS/B owns E. Alvin 

Small Funeral Home in Colonial Heights, 
VA. ' Cecilia Stephens '89BFA gave birth 
to a son, William Ambrose Stoppings, on 
February 13, 2003. Lori Terwilliger 'SflBS/ 
MC works for GTSI Corp. in Chantilly, VA. 
She lives in Linden, VA. ' Nancy Thurston 
'85MSWowns Nancy Thurston, LCSW 
in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She lives in 
Royal Palm Beach, FL. • Elizabeth Trop 
'83BFA is a medical language specialist for 
Avicis, Inc. in Virginia Beach. ^ Franklin 
Wallace '87BFA is director of VCU's Office 
of Community Programs, AmeriCorps 
and America Reads. ' Dana Ward 
'81BS/B'86MBA is senior vice president 
and director of services in the Southeast 
region for LandAmerica Financial Group. 
" Cheryl Williams '84BS/B is a systems 
integration specialist at Petrosystems in 
Glen Allen, VA. She lives in Richmond. - 
Teunsha Williams-Hinnant '84BS/MC is a 
realtor at 1st Choice Better Homes & Land 
in Fredericksburg, VA where she lives. ■• 
Laurel Winters '80BFA '82MFA is a teacher 
at Canton Country Day School and Walsh 
University in Canton, OH. » Robin Yoder 
'89MSW will receive the Lane Adams 
Quality of Life Achievement Award from 
the National Cancer Society in Atlanta on 
June 9 for "her innovative and consistent 
excellence in providing compassion- 
ate counsel to cancer patients and their 
families." She is an oncology social worker 
atJohnston Willis Hospitals in Richmond. 


Laura Abernathy '95BSW married Douglas 
Shirley on June 5, 2004. They live in Seattle. 
' Thurmond Alford Jr '97BFA is a computer- 
aided designer and visual resource man- 
agement coordinator for SunTrust Banks, 
Inc. In August, he spoke about bank design 
to 250 designers and architects in Shanghai 
and Shuzhou, China. He is a member of the 
American Diabetes Association Leadership 
Council, the N/\ACP and Greater Richmond 
Emerging Leaders. *MichelleAndiyshak 
'92BS/MC is the senior community director 
for United Way of Westchester and Putnam 
in White Plains, NY • Jay Ashcraft '97BS/ 
H&S married Allyson Bogese on October 2, 
2004. He owns the Richmond Baseball 
Academy. Donna Aytes '95BA/H&S '95MT 
married Randall Hopkins on August 7, 2004 
inVarina,VA. • Stacey Bates '99MS/MC 
married Matthew Woodbridge '90BS/H&S 

SPRING 29 2005 

on June 5, 2004. = Stacey Bellamy '96BFA 
'99C/H&S '99MS/MC married David 
Beardsley on September 18, 2004. She is 
employed by Philip Morris USA. • Allison 
Bergman '92BS/H&S is a partner with the 
firm Lathrop & Gage in Kansas City, MO. « 
Paul Bernard '95BS'99C/B is a network 
administrator for Verizon Communications. 
• Sheldon Bogaz '90BS/B is vice president 
of Trade Operations for Star Tobacco, Inc. • 
Monica Booker-Streat '93BS/H&S is a reg- 
istered nurse at Chesterfield C.S.B. in the 
medical services division. ' Joyce 
Bozeman '83MPA '97PhD/CPP is assistant 
vice president for finance at Norfolk State 
University. ' Melissa Bradshaw'93BFA is 
owner of Wee Little Arts, LLC in Charleston, 
SC. Diane Brooks-Woodruff '98BS/H&S is 
a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley in 
Vienna, VA. - Angel Brown '97BS/MC is 
owner of Annie Rosa's in Sunland, CA. ■ 
LuEllen Buhrman '99MBA is a parish admin- 
istrator with St. Clare's Episcopal Church in 
Richmond. ' Dawn Burton '99MSW is a 
case manager for Edgecombe-Nash Mental 
Health Center in Rocky Mount, NC. • 
Pamela Bunerfield '97BS/B married Keith 
Butler on May 1,2004. - Daniel Buyas 
'95BS/H&S is a senior recruiter with 
Spherion Professional Services in 
Richmond. Kindra Calhoun '95BFA 
married Neil Singer on May 1, 2004. • 
Carrie Calleran '97MT married Charles 
Rosenblatt on October 2, 2004. They live in 
Richmond. - Lee Campe '93BS/B owns 
Performance Excellence. He is also an 


Tlie stars came out at the Seigel Center 
January 26 during a Ram's game against 
James Madison's Dukes (JMU 66-VCU 
58). VCU's President Eugene Irani pre- 
sented former VCU tennis star Boris 
Kodjoe '96BS/B with an award to rec- 
ognize his acting success. The Austrian's 
star took off in an international modeling 
career for Versace, Ralph Lauren and 
others. He moved successfully into acting, 
in television's Soul Food series and now 
co-stars in Showtime TV's Second Time 
Around with his fiancee Nicole Parker. 
Boris and Nicole are expecting a baby 
daughter this month, and plan to marry 
this spring. 

adjunct professor for Georgia Tech's MBA 
program and the Consortium of International 
Schools in Asolo, Italy. • Claudine Carter- 
Pereira '97MS/H&S is a latent print 
examiner supervisor for the Broward 
Sheriff's Office in Fort Lauderdale, FL • 
Jennifer Casarotti-Troch '93MBA and 
Jeffrey Troch '88BS/H&S welcomed their 
second son on May 19, 2004. She is an IT 
communications specialist in the Americas 
International and U.S. Theater Relationship 
Group for Cisco Systems, Inc. and he is a 
territory manager for Absolute Stone. " 
*Marcus Clarke '90BS/E is director of com- 
pliance at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. ' 
Jason Claybrook '96BS/MC married Sherie 
Bankard on May 1, 2004. < Melissa Colton 
'94BS/H&S married Kenneth Hyman in 
October of 1999. She owns Native Vine 
Cellars in Point Harbor, NC. = Sean 
Contreras '92BFA is an attorney with Gates 
and Alexander of Richmond. » Christie 
Cooper '96BS/B married David Harman on 
June 12,2004. = Paul Creasy '97BS/B 
married Mary Barron on October 18, 2003. » 
Jennifer Creger '97BA/H&S married Brian 
Miller on July 17, 2004. She is a teacher with 
Central Bucks School District in 
Philadelphia. ' Bryan Cung '97BFA is a 
graphic designer for ASI Web Services 
Group in Fairfax, VA. ° Laurie Cunningham 
'95BA/H&S is a training specialist for 
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 
Richmond. RuthCutright'98MSWisthe 
executive director of Chesterfield CASA in 
Virginia. Brian Dillingham '95BS/H&S is 
an IT network engineer for Virginia 
Retirement System in Richmond. • Thomas 
Doyle Jr'96BFA married Shelby Williams on 
October 23, 2004. ' Steven Eisentrout 
'97BS/B married Tiffany Blair on September 
13,2003. ' Adrian Emerson '93BA/H&S is 
director of Sales Engineering at InfoSpace 
Inc. in Seattle. ' Stacie Farmer '95BA/H&S 
'95MT married Christopher Valentino on 
July 24, 2004. The live in Mechanicsville, VA. 

George Ferrandi '93BFA had her artwork 
displayed at the VCU Fine Arts Gallery in 
November, 2004. KilianGarvey'91BA/ 
H&S is assistant professor in the depart- 
ment of psychology at the University of New 
England in Biddeford, ME. = Lyndell Grafton 
■70BS/E '91MEd is on the faculty of VCU's 
School of Education. = Maurita Graves 
'99BA/H&S married Rodney Thompson on 
August 28, 2004. She is a human resources 
manager in Alexandria, VA. • Sharon 
Graves '91BS/H&S is a residential service 
sales consultant with Verizon 
Communications in Richmond. ^ Tracy 
Greene '96BFA is a designer for Mastercraft 
Fabrics in North Carolina. -• *Tracey 
Halliday '93BS/MC is director of communi- 
cations and marketing for Physicians for 
Peace in Norfolk, VA. ' Jason Harner 
'92BFA played Tom opposite Sally Field in 
the Kennedy Center's production of the The 
Glass Menagerie in August of 2004. - 
Shannon Harrell '94BS/H&S married 
Michael Bousselaire on May 8, 2004. ' 
Sharon Harrison '94BS/MC married Jeffrey 

Tipton on June 5, 2004. ' *Jason Hart'94BS 
'97MS '99PhD/H&S is an assistant professor 
of psychology at Indiana University of 
Pennsylvania. ' Donzella Hartwill '95BS/ 
H&S works at the International Youth 
Services Development Corp. in Washington, 
DC. • *David Hassen '90BS '99C/B is senior 
manager of development with Capital One 
in Richmond. ' Sarah Hebb '97BS/H&S 
married William Wynne Jr. on June 19, 2004. 
' Mike Helfrich '96BS/H&S is a senior 
manager with Capital One in Richmond. • 
Tazewell Hines '98BA/H&S married Jenny 
Weaver on July 10, 2004. They live in 
Richmond. ' Sarah Hoover '99BS/B married 
Graham Marsteller on May 8, 2004. = 
Thomas Huneycutt '95BA/H&S married 
Robin Supko on May 29, 2004. He is a team 
leaderwith World Access. » Amy Hurt 
'98BGS/H&S is a production analyst for 
MTV in New York City. = Joanne Jensen 
'96BA '98MA/H&S is assistant director of 
marketing and publications at VCU's Office 
of Undergraduate Admissions. ' Sheila 
Johnson '94BS/B is senior reporting spe- 
cialist for Wachovia Securities in Richmond. 
' Dennis Jones Jr'96BA/H&S'96MT 
married Lesley Tunstall on July 10, 2004. He 
teaches in Chesterfield County VA Public 
Schools. • Milly Jung '96BS/H&S married 
Paul Battle 'OOBS/B on April 10, 2004. • 
Krista Jussen '98BFA married Jesse 
Coalson on August 7, 2004. She teaches at 
Salem Church Middle School in Chesterfield 
County, VA. • Tracy Kerzanet '99BA/'A is a 
realtor with Coldwell Banker Johnson & 
Thomas Realtors in Richmond. ■= Jeffrey 
King '92BS/H&S '%CIB married Kathryn 
Lowry on July 31, 2004. He works at CarMax 
in Glen Allen, VA. « *Melody King '93BS/B 
is controller and treasurer of Old Dominion 
Glass Inc. She is vice president of the 
Richmond Chapter of the American Society 
of Women Accountants. Randolph King 
'99BS/H&S married Kimberly Callazzo on 
May 15, 2004. <• Jeffrey Klein '95MFA is a 
booking agent for Windwood Theatricals in 
NYC. = NikkiKrier'98BS/MC married Trent 
Colburn on April 17, 2004. She works for 
Howard Merrell and Partners. They live in 
Raleigh, NC. - Jennifer Krohn '93BS/H&S is 
an assistant professor of sports medicine in 
the Life Science Department of Mohawk 
Valley Community College in Utica, NY " 
Misti Kusterer '98BS/MC married Christian 
Davidson on October 2, 2004. ■■' Hendree 
(Jones) Lensch '97PhD/H&S is a co-recipi- 
ent of the 2005 American Psychology 
Association's Distinguished Scientific 
Award for Early Career Contribution to 
Psychology in Applied Psychology. ' Anna 
Loomis '93BM is a project leader for Aetna 
in Maryland. ■> John Lowrey '99MS/H&S 
married Jennifer Spaine on May 8, 2004 in 
Richmond. He works forthe U.S. 
Department of State. •- Terrie Madison 
'91BS/B '99MTax works at Clifton 
Gunderson in Richmond. She is a member 
of the Virginia Society of CPAs and the 
American Institute of CPAs. » *Kenneth 
McArthur '90BA/H&S is director of 


Muddy but Unbowed 


After a full year of playing recreational 
league soccer an average of four games 
a week— that's nearly 300 hours of hard 
running and competitively aggressive 
play— 1 injured my knee. Badly. This is a 
clear sign that I no longer have a young 
body. At the age of thirty-four, I know 
that I'm an open target for pain and 
injury, but I had been pretty lucky. 

I'd had the usual post-day soreness, 
the kind that makes you amble like 
a cowboy when you get up in the 
morning, but nothing a little Motrin 
couldn't fix. I'd had a lurid kaleidoscopic 
black eye from a head-on collision and 
the usual knots from blocking shots 
with my face. Some weird bruises and 
swelling around my shins mysteriously 
left dimples when prodded with a finger. 
Four out of five doctors shrugged non- 
committally. I haven't consulted the 
fifth. None of this had stopped me from 
showing up for games. 

But this injury is for real. The pain 
has a sharpness to it that's different from 
a bruise or an ache. This is the kind of 
pain that sneaks up on you and suddenly 
hurts when you least expect it. Pain that 
comes from the most minimal move- 
ments, like getting out of bed or putting 
on your shoes. After a day of this I got 
very careful. Every motion was calcu- 
lated, smooth. But no matter what I did, 
the pain would sucker-punch me with a 
sharp ping that made my back curl. 

Other players (after reciting their own 
litany of injuries) offered sagely that it 

was probably a stiained or torn ligament. 
"Stiain or sprain," as they say, is not 
good — it usually means no activity for 
several weeks. Tears on the other hand 
are plain bad, with a strong possibility 
of going under the knife. 

I felt a need to Google "knee" and 
"injury" and "pain." I became convinced 
that this would become a kind of intemal 
tattoo — something that would never 
leave me. I saw myself at a company 
picnic thirty years on, throwing horse- 
shoes and crumpling in anguish. 

By the time I arrived at the doctor's 
office I was so loaded with internet infor- 
mation that I beat her to the diagnosis. 
I was sure, I told her, that I had injured 
my medial collateral ligament through 
a valgus stiain (blow to the side of the 
knee). Through admirably restiained 
annoyance, she told me that 1 had it 
somewhat right but that I also showed 
stiong signs of "cybercondria." Reminding 
me that online sources are likely to be 
inconsistent with each other, she pre- 
scribed laying off the web medicine. 

After a few tests on my knee— little 
games of "does it hurt if I do this?"— she 
concluded that it was likely to be a strain 
or mild sprain; but since the pain was 
sharp it could possibly be a tear. Stay off it 
for 6-8 weeks. "Definitely no soccer," she 
said firmly. 

"Possibly a tear" was probably the 
most important part of the conversation; 
but "NO SOCCER" hung in the air in 
front of me like a NO EXIT sign. Eight 
weeks was not just forty lost games of 
soccer, but a lot of time that I wasn't used 
to having, a lot of time I could potentially 
spend sitting on my ass. That scared me 
more than surgery. 

Fortunately, the doctor was quick 
to suggest physical therapy for a faster 
recovery. Regular stietches would build 
up the muscles around the injury, and I 
could possibly play again in a few weeks. 
But if therapy didn't work, she cautioned, 
my next move would be a hop onto the 
operating table. 

The thought of surgery was so awful 
that I was more than eager to go to 

physical therapy. I was heated by a very 
nice soft-spoken PT with an amazing 
piece of therapy equipment: the ultoa 
sound machine. I thought it was only 
used to take pictures of unborn babies; 
and it looks like long lost analog equip- 
ment, like a ham radio or something 
that belongs on a lunar lander. But the 
machine has a magical capacity for 
pain relief. It can administer deep heat 
under the skin into injured areas. With 
each pulsing wave of heat 1 could feel 
my ligament shrink and tighten like a 
wound-up rubber band. 

Six ultiasound treatments, eight 
weeks of gentle stretching and stiength- 
ening exercises, and I was back on the 
field, fighting the wind with the Angry 
Rabbits. We're a Chicago rec league 
"independent team," an ad hoc mix of 
players that feels like an anthropological 
experiment. Four years ago we were a 
jumble of people who were new to the 
sport or new to the city; complete soccer 
whores (playing more than four times a 
week); or league outcasts not even "last 
chosen." Our mix includes one medical 
doctor, a former Mexican soccer pro, a 
novelist, three bankers, two psychology 
Ph.D.s; and a guy with Asperger's autism 
who doesn't play but enthusiastically 
comes to every practice and game just to 
be part of the group. 

Now, we're three goals behind in the 
playoff game with two minutes to go, 
and the only thing on my mind is getting 
off this ice field and putting on my 
sweat pants. The weekend has brought 
Chicago its first frost of the fall, making 
the ground as hard as concrete — the soil 
is almost impenetiable with cleats. The 
wind is a third opponent, dramatically 
misdirecting the ball at whim. 

When the whistie finally blows, my 
ears are so numb I can barely hear it. We 
lose, and our loss brings the end of the 
season. But losing, as usual, never really 
matters all that much. 

Joe Nio is a senior planner with Ogilv}' & »■ 
Mather advertising in Chicago. He played f 
in a band called The Seytnores (1992-98) 
which appeared in a rarely seen Docker's 
commercial. {"Nice pants.") 

DurretteBradshaw PLC in Richmond. • 
Tony Meadows '92BS/B married 
Katherine Bowles on October 16, 2004. ^ 
Jennifer Miles '94BS/MC married Sean 
Pearce on October 31, 2004. They live in 
Richmond. Cyril Miller '76BS '78MURP/ 
H&S '93PliD/CPP is the senior manage- 
ment analyst for the Supreme Court of 
Virginia. » *Kelli Miller '91 BS/MC is 
executive editor for the national newslet- 
ter, Focus on Healthy Aging. - Laura 
Miller '99BFA married John Meyers on 
September 4, 2004. ' Paul Miller '86BS/B 
'92MHA is director of operations for 
Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists in 
Virginia Beach. ° Todd Minga '92BS/H&S 
is a nephrologist with the Nephrology 

Associates in Panama City Beach, PL •' 
James Moncure '93BS/B is an agent with 
State Farm Insurance. ' Robert Moore 
'93BFA owns Moore Kitchen & Bath in San 
Francisco. Michael Morrell '96BS/B 
married Angela Powers on September 25, 
2004. He is the assistant controller at 
Performance Food Group in Richmond. - 
Lisa Morris '91BA/E '95MEd married James 
Woodcock on November 20, 2004. « 
Catherine Motley '96BM married Alan Fitch 
on September 25, 2004. = Greta Murphy 
'91 BA is an assistant professor of art history 
at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. ' 
John Narron '95BFA married Nicole 
Johnson on June 19, 2004. Oliver Pace 
'87BS/AH '92MPA/H&S is a licensing 

inspector for the Virginia Department of 
Social Services. « Matt Paddock '97MM is 
the recruiting and staffing director for 
Trader Publishing Company in Norfolk, VA. • 
Jeffrey Patton '95BS/B married Tanya 
Barker on October 9, 2004. *JayPaul 
'91BS/B is commonwealth's attorney for 
Prince George County, VA. Caryn 
Persinger'91BFAis publications manager 
and webmaster for the Virginia State Bar. 
She is the 2004-05 co-president of AIGA 
Richmond. Jamie Pocklington '92BFA 
has exhibited his work at the Eric Sandler 
Gallery, Eggspace Gallery, Artspace, the 
Alive Gallery, 1708 Gallery and VCU's 
Anderson Gallery. Cambre Purser '99MT 
married Blake Weller on July 31, 2004. They 

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Anention: Former VCU Student-Athletes! 

Rejoin the VCU team through the Black & Gold 
Varsity Club for alumni athletes. Connect with 
VCU Athletics now, and with current student- 
athletes and former teammates. The club 
hosts social events all year for VCU letterwin- 
ners in conjunction with their sport, as well as 
the annual VCU Letterwinner Reception before 
a Men's Basketball home game. Find more 
information and sign up at http://vcurams.vcu. 

On a warm day in central Europe, 
Patrick Lee was a long way from 
his VCU basketball roots. But the 
former Ram guard, who helped 
lead VCU to the NCAA tourna- 
ment in 1996, still showed his 
capital city pride. 

As Debreceni Vadkakasok 
prepared for the Hungarian league 
championship series, Lee wore an 
old T-shirt with "VCU Summer 
Basketball Camp" on the front 
and a Richmond car dealer's ad 
on the back. "I like to keep those 
sentiments, to remind me of 
where I came from and where I 
am," Lee smiles. 

Ultimately, Lee's team from 
northeast Hungary lost last June 
in title playoffs to a team that 
included former Duke standouts 
Casey Sanders and Nate James. Lee 
is back in Debrecen for the 2004-05 
season, his fifth in Hungary. 

What does he tell friends back 
in the States about Hungary, a 
country of about 10 million people 
about the size of Indiana? "I tell 
them how it is an easy life for me 
and laid back. It is a much slower 
pace than the States," Lee says. 
As for most Division 1 players in 
Europe, Lee's tax-free salary comes 
with an apartment and car to use. 
His team jersey is covered front 
and back with the advertising logos 
of sponsors. 

Lee had joined the Rams as 
a junior for the 1995-96 season, 
when the team went to the NCAA 
Championships. His senior year, 
he was a first-team all-CAA player 
and led the league in three-point 
shooting at .477. 

How did VCU prepare Lee for 
pro hoops? "Sonny Smith was a 
very good coach for me. He is very 
knowledgeable," says Lee, who 
graduated in 1999 with a degree in 

criminal justice. "He taught us how 
to set plays and how to win." 

European coaching is serious 
as well, Lee says. "Over here, you 
practice twice a day, one and half 
or two hours. Both sessions are 
pretty strenuous." 

He adds that his multi-racial 
high school in North Carolina 
prepared him well for a career in 
several countries. He began his pro 
career in Israel with Elitzur Rishon 
Le Zion in 1997-98, averaging 26.5 
points per game. His second season 
with the team, he averaged 23.1 
points, 4.8 rebounds and three 
assists per game. "At that time, 
Israel was not dangerous. It was 
quiet and relaxed. It was a very 
easy life for me. The year after I 
left, it got out of control." 

Lee played for Canoe Jeans 
Den Bosch in The Netherlands 
in 2000-01; then joined Hungary 
Dombovari VMSE in February, 
2001-02; and joined Debrecen in 
2002-03. At the end of that season 
he made the All-Hungarian first 
team and was named Import Player 
of the Year by 

Tyron McCoy is a veteran of 
pro hoops in Europe. After gradua- 
tion in 1995, he played the 1997-98 
season in Austria, and has played 
in Germany since then. 

"The biggest challenge is to stay 
mentally focused for a 10-months 
season," he says. "After eight or 
nine months, it is kind of hard to 
stay mentally tough." 

McCoy had two seasons with 
the Frankfurt Opel Skyliners, a 
team in the top-circuit Euroleague. 
That meant away games in Italy, 
Spain, Turkey, Greece and what is 
now Serbia & Montenegro, where 
the passion for basketball survived 
ethnic conflict in the 1990s. 


"There was no hot water. It 
was real cold. You could see your 
breath," McCoy, 34, says of that 
game. "But there were 5,000 pas- 
sionate fans in Montenegro." 

Patrick Lee finds European fans 
enthusiastic, and "much rowdier 
than at home." But then, "here 
fans don't have anything to do 
except look forward to sporting 
events. We have more things to 
do" in the United States. 

Rochelle Luckett, a point 
guard from suburban Maryland, 
last played at VCU in 2002, when 
she was defensive player of the 
year in the Colonial Athletic 
Association. She played in 
Hungary last fall, one of just a few 
Americans in the top women's 
professional league. 

Defense was the hardest 
adjustment, she says. "1 am used 
to playing off (giving room to) 
a player I'm guarding. It is more 
aggressive over there." 

Luckett left her team Diosgyori 
KSK in Miskolc December 10 to 
return to Maryland and look for 
opportunities in the U.S. 

Two former Rams who had big 
success in 2003-04 are Kendrick 
Warren and 1996 CAA player of 
the year, Bernard Hopkins. "I just 
played against Kendrick Warren 

last week in London, and he is still 
a really good player," wrote former 
George Mason standout Curtis 
McCants last season. "Bernard 
Hopkins is one of the top players 
in Spain the last four years, making 
big money in excess of $250,000." 

Demonic Jones '04BS/H&S 
is one of the newest VCU pros in 
Europe. "It is something different, 
especially if you have not lived 
in another country before," he 
says, adding, "the people are 
real friendly." 

Jones, player of the year 2003- 
04 in the CAA for the Rams, 
began his pro career with Iceline 
Karlsruhe when he arrived in 
Germany on August 16. VCU 
coach Jeff Capel, who played pro 
in France after his career at Duke, 
helped Jones land overseas tryouts 
in his first year out of college. "It 
is just a great opportunity," Jone 
says happily. 

David Driver has covered college 
basketball for more than 10 years for 
Associated Press and others. He tiow 
lives in Szeged, Hungary with his 
family and covers pro basketball in 
central Europe, htformation for this 
story from 


Former VCU players on European hoops teams in 2004-05 — 

Mylo Brooks Denek Bar Urcuit France 

George Byrd UMF Skallagrimur Borganes Iceland 

Troy Godwin Landstede Zwolle Netherlands 

Bernard Hopkins Unelco Tenerlfe Spain 

Demonic Jones '04BS/H&S Iceline Karlsruhe Germany 

Evgeni Kissourin Spartak St Petersburg Russia 

Patrick Kodjoe '95BS/B Krefeld Panthers Germany 

Patrick Lee Debreceni Vadkakasok KSE Hungary 

Fedor Likcholitov '01 BIS/H&S Dynamo Moscow Russia 

Rochelle Luckett Diosgyori KSK Hungary [Fall 2004] 

Tyron McCoy EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Germany 

Konstantin Nesterov Lokomotiv Rostov na Danu Russia 

Marcus Reed '97BS/H&S Correcaminos Tampico Mexico 

[not Europe, but listed] 

Willie Taylor Imesa Sielpa Osimo Italy 
Kendrick Warren Nantes BC France 


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Ring in tiie Season! 

In March 2004 the men's basketball team 
of Virginia Commonwealth University 
won the Colonial Athletic Association 
conference championship and went on 
the to NCAA tournament. 

To commemorate their outstanding 
accomplishment, each player and coach 
from that championship team received 
a ring engraved with the VCU logo, at a 
special ceremony before the Rams' first 
game of the 2004-05 season. The rings 
were generously donated by the VCU 
Alumni Association. 

Alumni Association President Bill 
Ginther and fourteen Association 
members presented the rings to VCU 
Athletic Director Dr. Richard Sander, 
who accepted them for the team. Players 
and coaches received rings later at a 
team dinner. 

live in Greensboro, NC. • Matt Rankin 
'94BS/MC is director of communications for 
Council of Landscape Architectural 
Registration Boards in Vienna, VA. Danita 
Rhett 79 '91BFA teaches at Hamilton- 
Holmes Middle School in King William, VA. 
• Barry Ridgeway '94MS/MC married Gail 
Carlon on August 14, 2004. » Maliya Rooney 
'93BS/MC is a sales representative for 
Colonial Printing in Richmond. =■ Amy Rose 
'90BS/H&S is a surgeon with the Surgical 
Associates of Richmond. " Diane Rose 
'93BS/B is a senior examiner for the Federal 
Reserve Bank in Charlotte, NC. • William 
Rouse '96BS/MC is an account manager 
with WSB Television in Atlanta. * S. Kelley 
Ryan '93BSW '94MSW is a clinical social 
worker and human services educator with 
the Hospice and Palliative Care Center in 
Winston-Salem, NC. *Amv Rybar '99BS/B 
and Michael Menefee 'OOBA/H&S were 
married on April 17, 2004. She is the internal 
audit manager at Hilb Rogal & Hobbs, and 
he is the inspection and training coordinator 
for the Virginia Department of Charitable 
Gaming. ° William Sheffey '90BS/B is a 
senior equity trader with Commerce Trust 
Company in Kansas City, MO. *Robert 
Sine '81BGS/H&S '92MEd owns Career 
Education Consulting Services, L.C. in 
Richmond. - Deanna Smith-Janss '95BS/ 
H&S is an accounting clerk at the University 
of Richmond. " Randy Stepanek '93BFA is a 

web development consultant with Via- 
Consulting in Richmond. ' *Brandon Taylor 
'96BS/B is a financial advisor for USB 
Financial Services, Inc. in Richmond. • 
*Sam Taylor '99MBA wrote "Why Do 
African Americans Cail Themselves the N. . . 
Word?" and other questions about BlacliS 
you want to l<now but are afraid to as/c. He 
had a book signing in the VCU bookstore in 
August, 2004. He is a senior representative 
in pharmaceuticals for Merck and Co. = 
Stephen Taylor '92BFA is a project manager 
for the Production Resource Group in Las 
Vegas. • Michael Team '92BS/B married 
Amanda Tucker on August 27, 2004. He is 
vice-president of National Healthcare 
Services, Inc. = Peter Thomas '93BS'99C/B 
married Margaret Dessypris on May 15, 
2004. Shari Thomas '95MSW is a clinical 
social worker for Carillon Health Systems in 
Roanoke, VA. *Michael Timm '99BS/H&S 
'02MPA is a major with the Sheriff's Office in 
Spotsylvania County, VA. > Andrew Valerie 
'92BS/B '99MBA is the senior vice president 
and chief equity strategist for LPL Financial 
in Boston. • Lauren War1er98MT married 
William Smith on July 10, 2004. » *Julie 
Watkins '91BFA '97MT married Osman Eralp 
on May 8, 2004. She teaches kindergarten 
in the Evergreen school district in San 
Jose,CA. - Du'Kesha White '99BS/H&S is 
a children's counselor with the Tidewater 
Detention Home. • Bridget Whitbeck 
'93BA/H&S '99MT is chair of the English 
department for Chesterfield County VA 
Public Schools. Jennifer Whitbeck '97BS 
'98MS/H&S married BJ Morehead on June 
4, 2004. She is an administrative manager 
for Epsilon Systems Solution in Portsmouth, 
VA. ' Sara Whittaker'99MT married Scott 
Leighton on June 26, 2004 in Bay View, 
Michigan. They live in New York City. • 
Annamarie Wijnholds '97MS/H&S married 
Tadd Bartley '94BGS/H&S on March 13, 
2004. They live in Henderson, VA. » Russell 
Williams '96BS/B married Christine Colavita 
on August 14, 2004 in Richmond. <> Jennifer 
Winter '91BS/H&S is vice president of 
Hitachi Consulting in Washington. ^ Sam 
Worthington '96MFA recently had work 
purchased by the Philadelphia Museum of 
Art for its permanent collection. -•■ Debbie 
Wyatt-Smith '97BS/B is an employment 
manager for the Virginia Department 

of Juvenile Justice. • *William Zahler 

'98MBA is the senior vice president and 
general manager of Artery Homes, LLC. 


Tarah Allen '01MSW married Brian Comer 
on June 26, 2004. ' Julie Anderson '04MBA 
married Kyle Springs on November 6, 2004. 
- Brooke Arrington'03BFA married 
Benjamin Canady '01BS/MC on June 5, 
2004. <■ SamanthaBailey'03BA/H&Sisa 
substitute teacher and receptionist for 
Henrico County VA Public Schools. ' April 
Ballos '04BS/H&S married Christopher 
Wells '97BFA on July 17, 2004. She works 
for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. and he is a fire- 
fighter for the City of Richmond. » Elizabeth 
Bass '03MSW is an associate director at 
Madison House in Charlottesville, VA. " 
Lauren Beatty '04BFA works for BW Wilson 
Paper Company in Richmond. ' Susan 
Bechelli 'OOBFA married Joseph Dobrota Jr. 
on June 25, 2004. They live in Norfolk, VA. • 
Sarah Bodsford '02BA/H&S married 
Stephen Tyndall on July 24, 2004. ♦ Lisa 
Bouroujian '89BS/H&S '04C/B is an associ- 
ate with Clifton Gunderson in Richmond. • 
Kara Bradley-White '02BM married Eric 
White on March 15, 2002. She is director of 
bands at Sedgefield Middle School in 
Charlotte, NC. ^ Tlana Branch '04BS/H&S 
married Shawn Garris on July 31, 2004. • 
Stanley Branham '01BS/B married Melissa 
Goldsberry '02BS/N on August 10, 2002. • 
Blair Breeden '02MEd married Edward 
Burnett Jr on April 17, 2004. » Katherine 
Brinn '03BS/H&S married Nicholas Leonard 
'02BS/En on June 19, 2004. » Keren Brooks 
'01C/B married Stephen Adelaar on July 10, 
2004. •-' Joy Brown '01BFA is a Lane Bryant 
style expert in Newark, DE. - Shelly Bryson 
'03BS/H&S married Sterling Hundley 
'98BFA on May 1, 2004. » Erin Burns '02BS/ 
B married *Mark Diefenderfer '03DDSS/B 
on May 22, 2004. She works for Marsh USA, 
Inc. and he works for Baxter Perkinson and 
Associates. • *Linda Campbell '98BS/B 
'02MHA is a nursing administrative officer at 
McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 
Richmond. » Matthew Caplice '01 MBA is 
vice president of Westham Capital Partners 
in Richmond. » Nancy Caramucci '02BS/B 
married Peter D'Alema '04MS/B on August 
8, 2004. She is a network administrator for 


In Memoiiam 

Correction: Unfortunately, there was a typo 
in the obituary for tlieatre professor Marxdn 
Sims in the Summer issue. We refeired to him 
twice as Martin. We apologize for the error, 
and we are gratefiil to have had a cimnce to 
know his spirit 

Formidable Physics 

Dr. Bijan Kumar Rao died on May 7, 
2004, of complications liom pneumonia. 
He had been recovering from a heart 
attack in February, 2004. He was 61. Rao 
had served on VCU's physics faculty 
since 1984 and was a former Physics 
Department chair. He was known for his 
research in atomic clusters and nanoscale 
science. He authored or co-authored 
more than 150 published journal articles 
and was a reviewer for several refereed 
publications, including the American 
Journal of Physics and the Journal of 
Physical Chemistry. With his colleagues 
in the department, Rao initiated VCU's 
International Symposium on Clusters 
and Nano-Assemblies. In recent research 
related to custom-designed pharmaceuti- 
cals, Rao was applying cluster physics to 
serotonin receptors. 

VCU colleague and friend Dr Puru 
Jena spoke to the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch of Rao's "profound knowledge 
of physics and his reputation as both an 
excellent teacher and research colleague. 
He was a wonderful person in many 
ways." Jena added that Rao especially 
enjoyed introducing children to physics 
through hair-raising demonstrations at 
the Science Museum of Virginia. 

Supporting Local Artists 

Artist and gallery owner Anne Lowkis 
Gray died on June 11, 2004, of compli- 
cations of cancer and congestive heart 
failure. In 1960, Gray co-founded what 
eventually became the Eric Schlndler 
Gallery in Richmond, later expand- 
ing to antiques and collectibles as well 
as art. "She had a viable gallery in the 
days when there were very few of them 
in Richmond, and that was something 
working artists were really looking for," 
said sculptor Nancy Witt '67MFA. Artist 
Richard Kevorkian '61BFA, professor 
emeritus and a former chair of painting 
and printmaklng, said Gray was a vision- 
ary who "supported the artists she 
carried. She had faith in their work and 
didn't take them on unless she did." 

"Founding Father of All 
Things Music" 

Wade Arledge Jr. '51BME died on August 
27, 2004, from complications after 
heart surgery. He was 75. Arledge played 
trombone in the Richmond Symphony, 
the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra 
- and the Richmond Pops. From 1956-71, 
Arledge was a teacher, band director and 
assistant principal for Henrico County 

Schools. Later he was co-owner of ARWES 
Fundraising and founder of Music 
Treasures Co. "Everyone in the music 
world around Richmond knew him," 
said Pops director Joe Simpkins in the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. "He was one of 
the founding fathers of all things music 
and music happenings in Richmond." 

Joy of Art 

Dr. PrisciUa Coy Hynson died on 
September 1, 2004 after complications 
in heart-bypass surgery. She was 73. 
Hynson taught art education at VCU 
1967-96, and received the Distinguished 
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching 
from the School of the Arts in 1995. 
Prospective teachers were energized by 
her enthusiasm with students when tiiey 
watched her in action. 

Dr Alan Landis, chair emeritus, told 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch of her 
confidence and "most of all her extreme 
courage. She suffered from post-polio 
syndrome and endured countless surger- 
ies. . . yet she never let her physical con- 
dition stop her ftom teaching over the 
years, or from living life to the fullest." 
In retirement, Hynson stayed connected 
with colleagues at VCU and taught art 
courses for the community through the 
VCU Commonwealth Society. 

"Best Barbecue in Virginia" 

Robert Savage Jeffers '47BFA died on 
September 1, 2004, after years battiing 
diabetes and other illness. He was 81. 
Jeffers was the president of Smithdeal- 
Massey Business College in Richmond; 
but he is best known for his restaurant. 
The Smokey Pig, an Ashland, Virginia 
institution since 1978. Theatie major 
Jeffers showed dramatic flair and took 
food presentation to new levels in elabo- 
rate and hilarious porcine decor — as com- 
pelling to diners as what Today Show host 
Matt Lauer called the "best barbecue in 
Virginia." The Pig's renown also reached 
the pages of the New York Times, Tlie 
Washington Post and Southern Living. 

Beat the Drum Slowly 

Donald Bick, associate professor of 
music at VCU and principal percus- 
sionist with the Richmond Symphony 
for 24 years, died October 11, 2004, 
after a short illness. He was 56. Bick 
came to VCU in 1974 and built a major 
percussion program, stressing profes- 
sionalism and the highest musicianship. 
John Guthmiller, chair of the Music 
Department, emphasized that Bick "had 
an extremely strong studio, full of some 
of the finest students we've ever had in 
this department." 

Two of them spoke to VCU's 
Commonwealtii Times. Greg Giannascoll 
'90MM, now a world-renowned marimba 
artist, said that Bick "could bring out 
a lot of things that you didn't even 
know you had. He was a great teacher, 
musician, friend and human being." 

Former student Michael Boyd '94BM, a 

drummer with Fighting Gravity, marveled 
at Bick's encyclopedic memory. "He knew 
scores. He could pull out the melodies 
for you and study them. . . like he had his 
own i-Pod in his head. He was not only 
a great percussionist but also a fantastic 
conductor The school has certainly lost 
one of the finest musicians around." 

"Front Row Seat for History" 

Ann Cotrell Free '36 died of pneumonia 
Oct. 30, 2004 at Sibley Memorial Hospital 
in Washington, DC. She was 88. As a 24- 
year-old reporter for the New York Herald 
Tribune, Free was the youngest member 
of Eleanor Roosevelt's women-only 
Press Conference Association in 1941 
and chaired it In 1943. She was the first 
woman to be a full-time Washington 
conespondent for Newsweek, the Chicago 
Sun and the New York Herald Tribune. 
She covered postwar Europe, India and 
China, and she interviewed Gen. Chou 
En-Lai, later premier, and his wife. One of 
her greatest thrills was covering "E.R.'s" 
successful efforts to develop the U.N. 
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 
which became part of the U.N. Charter in 
1948. "I had a front row seat at history," 
she told Shafer Court Connections in 2002. 
For her later work as an animal rights 
and environmental activist, Free received 
the Albert Schweitzer Medal from the 
Animal Welfare Institute in 1963 and 
the Rachel Carson Legacy Award in 
1987. She wrote three books, including 
Animals, Natiire and Albert Schweitzer, 
and had begun a memoir of China. 
Free was inducted into the Virginia 
Communications Hall of Fame in 1996. 

Master Cellist 

Frantisek Smetana died on November 
25, 2004, in the Czech Republic. He was 
90. Smetana was principal cellist of the 
Richmond Symphony and taught at VCU 
19 75- 1980s. 

In the 1930s Smetana performed 
with the Czech Nonet and Smetana 
Trio. In 1946 he joined the faculty of 
the Prague Conservatory. After he pro- 
tested the communist takeover in 1948 
he spent two years in prison and was 
banned from public life; he was allowed 
to leave in 1964. 

Smetana came to Richmond in 1973. 
He brought the European tiadition and 
sensibility of "musicians working closely 
together for years, [until] they could 
sense when their partners would breathe, 
almost when their hearts would beat," 
VCU faculty pianist Landon Bilyeu told 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Smetana 
was a key figure in the revival of chamber 
music in Richmond and coached 
chamber groups throughout the world. 
In 2001, he returned to live in the Czech 
Republic, which had given him the 
Dvorjak Medal and other honors. 

SPRING 35 2005 

Life-Long Learner 

*Dinah (Grossman) Wolfe '69BA/H&S 

on December 3, 2004, at 96. After earning 
her degree in English at age 61, Wolfe 
became assistant to John Mapp, legendary 
director of VCU's Evening College, for 10 
years. Wolfe was a VCU presence herself, 
especially interested in encouraging older 
people to continue taking courses. 

Wolfe watched RPIA'CU grow from 
the time she was an undergraduate. 
Once she was walking with English 
Department Chair Dr Allen Brown past 
construction for Cabell Library. "Dr. 
Brown said to me, 'Mrs. Wolfe, isn't 
that just the most beautiful hole in the 
ground?'" She remained interested in 
Ufe and in VCU into her 90s. In 2002, 
she commented on new buildings along 
Broad Street. "I'm so proud. It's almost as 
if they were my children." She went by 
herself in a cab to the gala Siegel Center 
opening, because "I simply couldn't miss 
something that important." 

Wolfe was also secretary to Tennant 
Bryant, editor and publisher of the 
Richmond News Leader, and private secre- 
tary to editor and historian Dr. Douglas 
Southall Freeman. 

Winning Coach 

Chuck Noe, former VCU athletic director 
and basketball coach, 1970-76, died 
December 8, 2004 after a short illness. 
Noe's basketball teams won nearly 70 
percent of their games. He compiled a 
95-42 record and never had a losing 
season at VCU. His Rams were 75-7 at 
home, including 30-6 at the Richmond 
Coliseum and an amazing 45-1 at the 
Franklin Street Gym. The only loss came 
on February 2, 1973, when Virginia 
Union pulled out a 77-75 victory. 

As athletic director, Noe laid the 
groundwork for VCU's future success. 
VCU women's teams won state and 
regional honors in basketball, volleyball 
and swimming. "Coach Noe was one of 
the pioneers of the VCU athletic depart- 
ment who helped build the foundation 
of our programs," said Rams' baseball 
coach Paul Keyes. 

Noe also coached basketball at 
Virginia Tech. He became a radio 
presence on his call-in show on WRVA 
and later on call-in shows with Virginia 
football and basketball coaches. 

A Historian and a Gentleman 

Dr Edgar Allen Toppin died on December 
8, 2004. He was a distinguished visiting 
professor of African American History 
and African-American Studies at VCU 
from 1994 to 2003. In a forty-year career 
he wrote more than ten books and 
numerous scholarly articles. His most 
recent work was a history of Virginia 
State University where he had served 
as dean of the Graduate School and as 
provost. Honored locally and narionally 
Toppin was the first African American 
appointed to the National Parks Board, 
the National Historical Publications and 
Records Commission and to the Virginia 
Historical Society Board. 

Dr Joseph Bendersky, chair of the 
History Department, notes that "Dr 
Toppin's early studies in the 1960s, in 
particular Pioneers and Patriots: The Lives 
of Six Negroes of the Rewliitionary Era, A 
Mark Well Made: Tlje Negro Contribution 
to American Culture, and Tlie Unfinished 
March: The Negro in the United States: 
Reconstruction to World War I "were truly 
path breaking" and opened up this area 
of study. He consistently amazed his 
colleagues with his detailed information 
on the subject, more often than not 
illuminating discussions with stories 
of his personal encounters with promi- 
nent African Americans who made 
that history" 

He was unfailingly generous to 
students and younger colleagues. Dr 
Bernard Moitt, associate professor of 
African history at VCU remembers, 
"Edgar offered valuable suggestions about 
ways to move forward and succeed. His 
every action came with a smile, good 
cheer and insight." Bendersky adds, "He 
was a true gentleman with a kind of 
natural warmth and charm. He will be 
dearly missed." 

"Doing What She Loved" 

*Nicole Kielar '02C '04MS/M died 
January 10, 2005, at 29, Kielar was a flight 
paramedic for VCU's LifeEvac, establish- 
ing the program in Northern Virginia 
when she died. Kielar died when the 
helicopter she was riding in crashed into 
the Potomac River after taking a patient 
to Washington Hospital Center "She was 
a very strong woman and a good leader," 
said Landon Harris, a former colleague 
on the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue 
Squad in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
Her father, Mike Kielar added "She did 
what she loved, and she died doing it. 
How many of us can say that?" 

Semper Fi 

VCU mechanical engineering student 
Lance Cpl. Karl Linn, 20, was killed 
in an ambush in Iraq's Anbar province 
with three others in his unit on January 
26, 2005. Linn had joined the Marine 
Reserves in response to the September 
1 1 attacks. He began VCU's mechanical 
engineering program while he trained 
on weekends, specializing in combat 
engineering. In November, 2004, his 
unit, the 2nd Platoon, Company C, 4th 
Engineering Battalion out of Lynchburg, 
Virginia was sent into combat. 

An engineer early on, in 1998 Linn 
and his school team designed a winner in 
the Junior Solar Sprint-a miniature solar- 
powered car Later, he helped start the 
robotics team at James River High School. 

On March 4 at the FIRST Robotics 
Competition at VCU, President Eugene 
Trani announced a Kari Linn Scholarship 
in Engineering. "We want to express 
our appreciation and pride in this 
young man, only 20 years old, who 
so honorably and bravely served our 
country," he told Linn's family. 

VCU is grateful to Kari Linn and 
to our many alumni serving in danger 
around the worid. His website is www. 

Comprehensive Educator 

Dr Howard Sparks, first director of VCU's 
Continuing Education programs, died 
Febmary 2, 2005 of chronic obstractive 
pulmonary disease, in Norfolk. He was 76. 

Sparks came to Richmond Professional 
Institute in 1966 as founding chair of 
the Department of Special Education 
and developed its bachelor's and master's 
programs. In 1973 he became VCU's first 
assistant academic vice president for 
continuing education, and eventually 
vice provost for continuing education 
and public service. During 16 years. 
Sparks built VCU Continuing Education 
into a national model. 

He also began VCU's intemational 
students programs, helped develop 
interdisciplinary, non-traditional studies 
degrees, and reorganized the evening 
college. He retired in 1989 and received 
the VCU Presidential Medallion in 1992. 

Artist and Archivist 

Ward Jackson 'SIBFA '52MFA died on 
February 3, 2005, of congestive heart 
disease at 75. Mr Jackson was a well- 
known New York abstract painter and an 
archivist at the Guggenheim Museum 
1955-94. His paintings were "austere, 
hard-edged geometric compositions, 
typically on diamond-shaped canvases," 
commented the New York Times. Jackson 
He studied with Hans Hofmann after 
graduating from VCU in 1952. He was a 
walking catalog of artists, work and art 
history of the second half of the twenti- 
eth century. In 1996 he co-founded Art 
Now New York, which became the Art Now 
Gallery Guide. 

"He would have bled 
gold and black." 

Nicholas Orsi III '65BS/B died 
February 19, 2005, of brain 
cancer He was 63. In 2001, he 
retired from Palmer and Cay 
after a 35-year career in the 
commercial insurance industry. 
He was president of the VCU 
Alumni board from 1991-93, and served 
on the Alumni Board Room and Alumni 
House Committees. He was a loyal friend, 
a loving husband, father and grandfather, 
and active in his community — a dynamic 
presence. More than 300 friends gathered 
to celebrate his life. 

Ken Magill, also a former Alumni 
Association president, and Orsi had 
been friends since they were 12. "He 
was an excellent athlete, extremely 
competitive, a good problem solver and 
very articulate, a good communicator" 
Magill continued, "He was a loyal friend 
and fun to be around — a great dancer." 
Orsi's devotion to VCU was effective and 
urgent. "He would have bled gold and 
black," MagOl said. Memorial contributions 
can be made to the Alumni House Fund. 


Fall Reception for Richmond VCU Neighbors 

The VCU Alumni Association and the MCV Alumni Association of VCU hosted a neighborhood alumni reception on November 16th 
at the Country Club of Virginia. Over 200 alumni saw drawings of new buildings planned for the Monroe Park and MCV Campuses, 
got an update of University news from President Irani, and renewed friendships and made new ones with VCU neighbors. 

VCU and he is VCU's director of student 
services. • *NicoleCarter'01BS/H&Sisa 
clinical social worker at the Virginia 
Correctional Center for Women in 
Goochland, VA. ' Melinda Christie 'DOBS/ 
H&S married Kenneth Penn Jr. '97BFA on 
May 1, 2004. She is serving her pediatric 
residency in Charleston, S.C. and he is a 
multi-media Web designer for PETA. • 
SunTek Chung 'OOBFA was in a group exhi- 
bition, The Ludovico TreatmentaX Muller 
Dechiara in Berlin last fall. » Elizabeth Cohn 
'OIMT married Michael Browne on June 19, 
2004. < Phillip Cobb '01 BS/H&S married 
Erin Attkisson on July 10, 2004. > Chris 
Collins '03BS/B is an insurance financial 
analyst for the Virginia State Corporation 
Commission. • Jennie Cook '04BA/A is a 
credit and activations analyst for Suncom in 
Richmond. ° Marsha Coward '99BS'03C/B 
married Troy Schaffranek '96BS/AH on 
February 21, 2004. ' *Juanita Cribbs '03BS/ 
B is an HR/ADMN specialist in the VCU 
Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory. 
» Colleen Curran '01MFA/H&S is executive 
director of the James River Writers Festival. 
She had been editor-in-chief at Richmond, 
com. » Jessica Dance '04BS/H&S married 
Allen Smith on June 5, 2004. • Dana 
DeBourbon 'OOBA/H&S teaches Spanish in 
the Spalding County GA School System. • 
Torey Edmonds '03BS/H&S is a community 
liaison specialistforthe VCU Center for 
Study and Prevention of Youth Violence. • 
Mary Elliott '04C/B is an associate with 
Clifton Gunderson of Richmond. • Cathon 
Ellis '03MT married Charles Lawrence 
'02BA/H&SonJuly10,2004. • Nicole 
Anderson Ellis '03MFA/H&S is founding 
editor of City Edition, a weekly community 
"owners' manual" for Richmond citizens. • 
Joy Tlbbs Engstrom 'OOBS/H&S married 
CAPT Carl Engstrom on March 13, 2004. She 
teaches special education at Oak Knoll 
Middle School in Hanover County, VA. • 
Melissa Escobar 'OOMSW married Kevin 
Kane on May 1, 2004. They live in 
Kalamazoo, Ml. • Gloria Evans 'OOBS/B is a 
claim service adjuster for Allstate Insurance 
Company in Richmond. • Holly Eve '03MS/ 
' B is a real property manager with Virginia 
Department of Game & Inland Fisheries in 
Richmond. • *Eric Falthzik '03MS/B is a 
consultant for Greenbrier and Russel in 

Atlanta. • Arrus Farmer '02BS/B is an intern 
atAccenture. ' Allison Faucette '02BS/E 

married Robert Richmond on July 31, 2004. 
She is a biomedical engineer at 
NanoMatrix, Inc. • Katherine Filipic 
'04MSW is a mental health therapist with 
the Alexandria Mental Health Center in 
Virginia. <• CydneyGara'03MEd teaches 
children with severe disabilities in the 
Chesterfield County VA School System. • 
Tonya Garst '04BS/B is a contract specialist 
for Defense Supply Center in Richmond. » 
Mary-Scott Gates '02BA/H&S married 
Timothy Hennigan on June 11, 2004. •' 
Clinton Gibbs '02BS/H&S is a tutor at 
Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. ' 
*Heather Gilbert '02MEd married Todd 
Brandenburg on May 15, 2004 -- Sarah 
Golembiesky '02BS/H&S '02MT married 
Scott Morrison '02BS/MC on July 3, 2004. ' 
Sarah Graham 'OOMS/H&S married Jared 
Woodson on July 10, 2004. ' Erin Gray 
'03BS/H&S is a counselor in Student 
Financial Services at the University of 
Virginia. • Robert Greeley Jr '03MBA 
married Karen Helton on July 24, 2004. • 
Joshua Green 'OOBA/H&S married Patricia 
Hanifer on October 9, 2004. He is senior 
camping services director at YMCA Camp 
Thunderbird. " Matthew Grinsell '01 BA/ 
H&S '02MT teaches Social Studies at 
Pocahontas Middle School in Henrico 
County, VA. > Sara Grizzard '02BS/H&S 
married Kevin Farthing on June 19, 2004. » 
Daniel Gushman '03MBA married Annie 
Boland on October 2, 2004 He is an associ- 
ate in the Financial Institutions Group at 
Anderson Strudwick Inc. in Richmond. - 
Lynda Guthmann '02BS/B is a quality assur- 
ance analyst for Hewitt Associates. • 
Andrew Hadden '01MBA founded AJH 
Marketing Associates in Richmond. • 
Kristin Hauser '03BS/MC married Jeffrey 
Farrar on August 7, 2004. She works for 
Barnett's Hallmark. ' Karen Hawkridge 
'02MBA married Todd Peters on September 
28, 2004 They live in Richmond. " Rachael 
Hawks 'OOBA/H&S married Aaron 
Worsham on September 18, 2004 « Sarah 
Haymes '03BA/H&S '03MT married Daniel 
DeJametteonJuly17,2004 ■■ *Stephen 
Herrick '92MS '94PhD/H&S '04MSHA is the 
psychology manager in the Department of 
Psychiatry at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital. • 

Jack Hirsch '04BA/H&S is a teacher and 
tutor at Huntington Learning Center in 
Virginia. " Elizabeth Hodges '01 BA/H&S 
married Bruce Johnson '96BS/B on April 3, 
2004. She teaches for Chesterfield County 
VA Public Schools and he works for the US 
Postal Service. » AdamJacobowitz'OIBFA 
is a leading marketing advisor in Richmond. 
« Eric Jensen II '03BS/MC is a photogra- 
pher for WTVM news in Columbus, GA. • 
Deonte Johnson '04BS/H&S is a custodian 
for Essex County VA Public Schools. ■ Glen 
Johnson '04BS/H&S is a meat and produce 
order-filler and job performance trainer for 
Wal-Mart Distribution in Gordonville, VA. • 
Sakinah Johnson '02BA/H&S married 
Anthony Wood on October, 16 2004 They 
live in Richmond. ' Gino Jordan '03BS/H&S 
is a systems analyst for General Electric in 
Richmond. » Rhoda-Lea Keener '99BA/H&S 
married Andrew Richey on September 25, 
2004. James Ketchum '01BS/En is an 
engineer for Infineon Technology in 
Sandston, VA. Sarah Kite '04BS/MC 
married Timothy McDonald on May 30, 2004. 
She is a staff writer for Riclimond Magazine. 
John Lambert '02MBA works in sales and 
service for Telecommunication in 
Richmond. ° Cary Langhorne 'OOBFA 
married Robey Caldwell on November 6, 
2004 *Marianne Lawrence '91 BS/B 
'OlMEd is president of Triangle Resource 
Group, LLC in Mathews, VA. - DawnLeary 
'01 BS/B married Christopher Drula on May 
1,2004. ' Erik Leise'OIBFA married 
Heather Redmon on October 16, 2004 They 
both teach in Hanover County VA Public 
Schools. " Gary Lewis 'OOBS/E married 
Ann-Harris Lambert on August 14, 2004 • 
Gwendolyn Ligh '02MSW married Daniel 
Bohn on July 24, 2004 > Andrew Linton 
'OOBS/MC is an engineering designer with 
Northrop Grumman in Newport News, VA. » 
Michael Lynch '01MA/H&S is the director of 
operations for the Army Heritage and 
Education Center in Carlisle Barracks, PA. --' 
*Kelly Machett'OOBS '04MS/B is a business 
development analyst with Universal 
Corporation in Richmond. - Sandra 
Magruder 'OOBS/B is a management analyst 
in the Data Capture Unit of Virginia 
Department of Taxation. ' Melissa 
Malkman '02MSW married Timothy Bunce 
on May 8, 2004. They live in Bethesda, MD. 

SPRING 37 2 5 



Helen Schwartz '34BSW on August 26, 2004. 


Martha Blunt ■49BS/E on July 24, 2004, at 75. 
She was an instructor atthe Martha Blunt 
School of Dance in Henrico County, VA. 
Jerry Field 'flSBS/B '47C/A on July 3, 2004, 
at 85. He was a retired professor emeritus 
from VCU School of Arts. He was a member 
of the American Society of Interior Design 
and an emeritus member of the Interior 
Design Education Council. He served in the 
U.S. Navy during WWII. Mary Horner 
■47BSW in February 2001. Kathleen 
Schorger '43BS/H&S on September 13, 
2004. She was a clinical social worker for 
the University of Michigan for 19 years. 


Hughes Britton Jr'57BS/B on December 
18, 2004, at 74. Mary Call-Gay '53BFA on 
August 21, 2004. Francis Doane '50BFA 

on June 14, 2004, at 77. He was an interior 
designer and retired owner of F.C. Doane 
Interiors of Tappahannock. He was also a 
WWII Navy veteran. MalvinMcLane,Jr 
'52MSW on March 10, 2004. *Mildred 
Meyer '52BS/E. Betty Nobles '52BS/A 
on October 6, 2004, at 76. For 40 years 
she taught music in several public school 
systems as well as teaching piano in her 
home She served on many music boards 
and received the Life Bravissimo Award in 
1980. Sandra Owen '57/A on October 

20. 2004. 


Louis Campbell Jr '60BS/B on April 23, 2004, 
at 69. He was an engineer for the Virginia 
Rail and Transportation Department for 35 
years. Walter Clarke '62BS/B on January 

13.2005. RoyDemory'68BS/H&Sin 
August of 2004. Julia Diehr63BS/E on 
November 11, 2004, at 63. An elementary 
school teacher until 1971, she was also 
active in her community and church. Billy 
Dixon '69BS/B on October 15, 2004, at 67. 
He was a proprietor of Applied Business 
Solutions. Richard Donaldson '69BS/E 

on May 28, 2004, at 61 . He was retired from 

the City of Richmond Department of Parks 
and Recreation. Paul Fornili '68BA/H&S 
on April 29, 2004, at 56. He was a health 
inspector for 21 years with the Virginia 
Department of Health. ' G. Dennis Gregory 
'66MSW on October 25, 2004, at 66. Janet 
Grondin '68BFA on September 3, 2004, at 58. 
She was a free-lance decorator/designer 
and owner of Decor Unlimited. Homer 
Handy Jr '62BS/MC on October 12, 2004, at 
66. Daniel Herbert '66BS/P on September 
28, 2004, at 61 . He was elected to the 
highest office in the American Pharmacists 
Association. He was president of the 
American College of Apothecaries and 
president of his local and state pharmacy 
associations. He was recognized as the 
2003 VCU School of Pharmacy Alumni 
Star. Claudia Heretick '69BFA on June 
14,2004, at 56. She was an artist. - Gladys 
King '60BS/H&S on September 3, 2004, at 
93. She taught in Richmond Public Schools 
for 35 years. Margaret King '69MS/B 
on August 5, 2004, at 82. She was retired 
from Henrico County VA Public Schools. ■• 
Hugh McConaghy '65BS/B on December 
4, 2004. He was the FPA administrator for 
Home Beneficial. He was also vice presi- 
dent of Alsop & Elliott, assistant manager 
of Investors Savings and Loan and vice 
president for Citizens Home Life. He served 
in the U.S. Army and was a member of the 
Virginia Roadrunners Good Sams. - Sue 
Morgan '69BFA on September 15, 2004, at 
56. She worked for the Virginia Department 
of Juvenile Justice. She was also a 
Richmond actress for 34 years. Edward 
Newell '66BS/B on September 29, 2004 at 
65. George Sophy '65MSW on December 
7, 2004. He served in the U.S. Navy during 
the Korean War. He was a medical social 
worker in the Infectious Disease/HIV Clinic 
at Grady Memorial Hospital. He had also 
been director of social services for the 
Memphis Housing Authority, and director 
of the Department of Welfare for Hampton, 
VA. Jo-Ann (Keith) Tetlow '68BFA on 
December 14, 2004, at 58. She taught at 
Brookland Middle School in Henrico County, 
VA. She was a member of the DAR and 
the Mayflower Society. ' John Walker 
Jr '61BS/E on July 26, 2004, at 75. He was 
a retired teacher and coach for Douglas 
Freeman High School in Henrico County, 

Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified byyear degree/school 


A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

(CtS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
IRC) Rehabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

CPP Centerfor Public Policy 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

IVI-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 

MC Mass Communications 
N Nursing 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 


AS Associate's Degree 
C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 
BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 
BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 
BIS, MIS Bachelor, Master of Interdisciplinary 

VA. He was also an U.S. Navy Korean 
War veteran. 


Frank Boyer '74 '77MEd on September 17, 
2004, at 70. He was a retired marketing 
teacher for Henrico County Schools, and 
he taught economics at Richard Bland 
College for 27 years and atthe University 
of Richmond for 30 years. « JoyBrydon 
'74MSW on July 8, 2004, at 58. She was a 
licensed clinical social worker for 30 years. 
■ Michael Burnstine '76BFA on October 
8, 2004, at 56. » *Helen Butler '72BS/H&S 
'74MSW on December 28, 2004. She was 
a counselor with the Macon-Bibb County 
Mental Health Department. She served 
on the boards of Theatre Macon, Macon 
Area Retarded Citizens, and many others. • 
Chris Coffin '74AS/B on February 2, 2005, 
at 56. Sharyn Crockett '70BS/E '75MEd 
on November 16, 2004, at 56. She served 
on the Board of the Arthritis Foundation. 
Emma Crute '70MS/E on September 15, 
2004, at 75. She was an elementary school 
teacher and administrator for 35 years. <> 
Lyda Cunningham '75MEd on December 18, 

2003. » Etta Edwards'70BFA on January 
26,2005. ' SevgiErdim'70MS/H&Son 
May 30, 2004, at 70. She was a retired 
clinical psychologist for the state of Virginia. 

Ann Faison '78BS/B on November 13, 

2004. She was a member of the Midlothian 
Kiwanis Club and the Beta Sigma Phi 
Sorority. - David Haley '69BS '74S/H&S 
on October 9, 2004. He was a chemist for 
35 years with E.R. Carpenter Company. 

' Suzanne Hey '72AA/H&S on August 2, 
2004, at 54. ^ Carolyn Hornsby '75BS/E on 
September 30, 2004, at 51 . She taught in 
public schools over many years, and for 12 
years as an at home tutor. = Lucille LaForce 
'70BS/E on August 8, 2004, at 89. She was 
a retired elementary school teacher for 
Campbell County VA Schools and active 
in several local women's organizations. • 
Hallie Vaughn Rennie Martin '72MA on 
January 18, 2005. She was a member of the 
Jamestown Society, APVA, and the Virginia 
Museum of Fine Arts. - Pamela Miller 
'78BS/H&S on August 7, 2004. She founded 
her own human resources consulting firm. 
Miller & Associates. She was affiliated with 
the Middlesex Jr. Women's Club. She was 

BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of Social Work 
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of Music, 

Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MAE Master of Art Education 
MBA Master of Business Administration 
MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MT Five-yearTeacher Education program includes 

a BA or BS/H&S and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 

*Memberofthe VCU Alumni Association 

also the youngest woman ever chosen to 
be the Tobacco Festival Hostess, in 1974. 
Hal Nunnally II '73BA/H&S on November 
10, 2004, at 65. He was head basl<etball 
coach at Randolph-Macon College for 
24 seasons. Marjorie Phelps '76Med 
on October 25, 2004. Bernard Ragland 
'76MA/B on December 8, 2004. He was 
the chief accountant of AT&T for 41 years. 
His farm received the Bay Friendly Clean 
Water Award in 2003. Steve William 
Seal '76BS/E on January 3, 2005. He taught 
for Chesterfield, Dinwiddle, and Henrico 
County VA Schools and at St. Joseph's 
Villa in Richmond. He was a member of 
the Richmond R.A.TS. Lynn Slayton 
'79MSW on September 4, 2004. James 
Stafford '74BS/B on November 17, 2004, at 
56. Thomas Talley Jr. '76BS/B on April 29, 
2004. He served the City of Richmond for 30 
years in various positions, lastly as a senior 
accountant for the Department of Finance. 

John Watkins '78MS/H&S. Martin 
White '76BA/H&S on September 21, 2004, 
at 51. He was owner ofthe Bamboo Cafe 
on Main Street in Richmond. Dorothy 
Woolridge '75MEd on October 20, 2004. 
She was a teacher in the Richmond Public 
Schools for 32 years. She was also a choir 
director, organist and pianist for the Ml 
Tabor Baptist Church for 51 years. 


Virginia Auken '82BA/H&S on October 
22, 2004, at 74. Vivian Butler '84MEd on 
November 5, 2004, at 61. Patrick Flanagan 
'SIMBAon September 18,2004, at 51. He 
was an analyst for the state of Virginia. 
Marsha Hinton '84BS/E on October 30, 
2004, at 54. She was an elementary school 
teacher and an advocate for the deaf. 
Michael Huntley '80BFA on September 
28, 2004, at 51. He was the founder and 
principal of Huntley Design and an adjunct 
faculty member in VCU's Department of 
Communication Arts and Design. Joy 
Joynt'87BS/B on October 31, 2004, at 65. 
She was a founding member of Henrico 
County VA Parks and Recreation Advisory 
Commission. Brij Bhushan Mago 
'87MPA/H&S on January 17, 2005, at 73. 
Blair Maxwell '89MA on October 13, 2004, 
at 43. He taught at a Montessori school in 
Naples, Italy for several years. He worked 
in the housing department at VCU. Janet 
Nystrom ■84MURP/H&S on July 20, 2004, at 
63. She worked at Housing Opportunities 
Made Equal (HOME) in Richmond for 
several years before working as a paralegal 
until retirement from McGuire, Woods, 
Battle & Boothe Law Firm. Joseph 
Petraitis '80BGS/H&S on April 20, 2004, at 
83. He was a member of the VFW Post 9808 
inMechanicsville,VA. Joan Carol Phipps 
'88BFA on January 11, 2005. Claiborne 
Stokes '85MBA on May 13, 2004, at 87. He 
served in WWII as a first lieutenant in the 
U.S. Army Medical Corps, and retired from 

the U.S. Army Reserve in 1968. He worked 
at Stokes-William Hardware Company Inc., 
in Blackstone, VA after the war. He also 
worked for Powers and Anderson Dental 
Company until his retirement in 1982. - 
James Williams '88BA/H&S on July 5, 2004, 
at 44. EleanorWilson'86MEdon June 
25, 2004. 


Mary Easter Adams '93BGS/H&S '97MS/AH 

on December 27, 2004, at 56. She was an 
activist and comforter in her community 
and church and as a VCU alumna. Jason 
Carmack '99BS/B on December 5, 2004, 
at 34. He was an underwriter with State 
Farm Insurance Company and was the den 
leader of Weblo Troop 138. John-David 
Hardt '92BA/H&S on September 9, 2004, at 
35. *Gaye Shinall Jones '90BSW '93C/AH 
'93MSW on January 26, 2005, of cancer, at 66. 
As members of VCU's Founders' Society, she 
and her husband William Jones established 
theGaye Shinall Jones Merit Scholarship 
Fund in the School of Social Work in 2000. 
Katharine Lewis '83MS '86PhD/H&S '93C/B 
on November 27, 2004. Robert Pintavalle 
III '98BS/B on August 14, 2004, at 32. 
LaToya Rogers '97BS/H&S on December 29, 
2004, at 29. Brett Sykes '93BFA in January 
2004. Ann Travers'90MSW on December 
23, 2004. She ran the Upstairs Counseling 
Center in Manassas, VA 


Clinton Watts '02BS/En on May 15, 2004, 

at 24. 

Friends of VCU 

John Blair III on September 16, 2004. He 
was president of Blair Transit Company 
for 32 years. James Ferguson Jr on 

November 19, 2004, at 74, of cancer. He 
served in Germany, Japan and Korea with 
the U.S. Army and received the Bronze Star. 
He was a member ofthe 201st CIC. J. 
Larry Gibson on January 10, 2005. He served 
in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean 
War. He was vice president of Lawyer's 
Title Insurance Company and an associate 
professor at the University of Richmond. 
Edith Massey on May 1,2004, at 70. Mary 
Tyler Freeman Cheek McClenahan on 
January 16, 2005. The daughter of Richmond 
historian and editor Douglas Southall 
Freeman, McClenahan was a graceful 
and effective community activist for social 
justice and against racism all her life. She 
was awarded the Honorary Doctorate 
of Humane Letters in 1993 from VCU. 
Simeon Nixon Jr on August 18, 2004, at 80. 
He retired from UNOCAL in 1985. He was 
an active Boy Scouts leader for 14 years. 
Simeon was past president, life member 
and a Melvin Jones Fellow in the Richmond 
West Breakfast Lions Club, for which he 
wrote The Great Art of Tailtwisting. 
f. Dixon Whitworth on June 18, 2004, at 91. 

VCU Alumni Association 


Long Island, NY Alumni/ Admissions 



Rockville, MD Alumni Admissions 


AAAC Meeting 


Top Admitted Students 

Alumni Calling Program 


Young AliuTuii Networking 

Richbrau's, Richmond 


Young Alumni Council Meeting 


Destination Imagination 


Presidential and Provost Scholars Reception 

Hosted by VCU Aliunni Association 

AAAC Meeting 

APRIL 22-24 

Reimion Weekend — MCV Campus 




An Evening of Dinner and Opera 

Tfte Marriage of Figaro, Mozart 

MAY 17 

VCUAA Board Meeting 

MAY 21 

Comencement Breakfast 

Ennis, Ireland 
Aliunni Campus Abroad 



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